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  Ursula Morley Price
November 13 - December 20, 2008
 
Price's forms are hand-built in stoneware using a traditional pinch-and-coil method. She initially creates an armature, usually a vessel form such as a vase, bowl or bottle. To this she adds thin, wing- or fin-like shapes that she refers to as flanges. While not literal references, the fineness of the flanges is evocative of stiff, undulant lace collars seen in 17th-century Dutch painting, and of Asian cut-paper ornaments which fold out into circular shapes. The edges of the flanges in Price's ceramics are deckled, however, and in some instances further articulated through the addition of a darker glaze at the periphery. The flanges are remarkable for the rhythm and patterning they create in the work and function as surfaces for the play of light and shadow across the sculpture. They impart a buoyancy, lightness, and delicacy to the work, contrasting with the actual physical weight of the pieces. Newer forms in the exhibition include elegant "fountain" shapes, which evoke the feeling of flowing water through the use of rounded edges on the flanges as they move and dip around the sides of the vessel. In many pieces the flanges are highly exaggerated and pronounced near the opening of the armature and taper narrowly at the foot. Working within a restrained color range of creamy whites, rich dark browns, and greenish bronze tones, Price's sculptures are nearly all monochromatic, and her glazes have a matte, almost chalky surface texture.
 
Ursula Morley Price has been exhibiting her work internationally for nearly four decades. Her ceramics are found in important public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée des Art Decoratifs in Paris and the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres.
 
 
Cream/White Angled Flange Form, 2008
Stoneware
6 1/2 inches high, 11 inches diameter

Bronze/Green Mouth Form, 2008
Stoneware
6 3/4 inches high, 7 1/2 inches wide

Cream/White Fountain Form, 2008
Stoneware
7 3/4 inches high, 13 inches wide
 
Brown Fountain Form, 2008
Stoneware
8 inches high, 14 inches wide

White Bottle Form, 2008
Stoneware
9 1/4 inches high, 6 inches wide

Brown Flange Vase Fountain Form, 2008
Stoneware
7 1/2 inches high, 8 inches diameter
 
Large Cream/White Fountain Form, 2008
Stoneware
7 1/4 inches high, 16 inches wide

Fan Form, 2008
Stoneware
10 inches high, 13 inches wide

Large Cream/White Flange Bowl with Black Edges, 2008
Stoneware
8 inches high, 14 inches diameter
 
Brown Bottle Form, 2008
Stoneware
11 1/2 inches high, 8 1/2 inches wide

Small Cream/White Mouth Form, 2008
Stoneware
7 1/2 inches high, 9 inches wide

Bronze Bottle Form, 2008
Stoneware
14 1/2 inches high, 10 inches wide
 
Fountain Form, 2008
Stoneware
10 inches high, 12 inches diameter

Cream Mouth Form, 2008
Stoneware
6 3/4 inches high, 8 inches wide

White Flange Bowl Form with Black Edges, 2008
Stoneware
6 inches high, 10 1/4 inches diameter
 
Brown Bottle Form, 2008
Stoneware
11 1/4 inches high, 6 1/2 inches wide

Flange Bowl Form, 2008
Stoneware
5 1/2 inches high, 11 inches diameter

Tall Brown Bottle Form, 2008
Stoneware
12 inches high, 7 inches wide
 
White Bottle Form, 2008
Stoneware
11 1/2 inches high, 10 inches wide

Large Bronze Mouth Form, 2008
Stoneware
10 1/4 inches high, 12 3/4 inches wide

Black/Brown Flange Bowl Form, 2008
Stoneware
6 inches high, 10 inches diameter
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