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  Ursula Morley Price
November 22 - December 22, 2013
 

Ursula Morley Price creates her hand-built ceramic sculptures in stoneware using the traditional pinch-and-coil method, commencing with a vessel armature in the form of a bowl, vase, or bottle. The underlying shape is articulated spatially with the artist’s signature flanges. These wing-like elements are pinched thin, imparting the illusion of being made of paper, with edges either jagged or smooth. The flanges allow for the lively play of light and shadow across the complex surfaces of the work. In some forms, such as the bottles, the flanges are primarily narrow and straight, with only gentle ripples. In the wider bowl and vase shapes, the flanges are expansive and flare outward. Some ripple and undulate, while others twist gently upwards and diagonally from the base. In some works, the twist and turns are more dramatic and the flanges enter the interior of the form. As the artist notes, “Almost all my work has been about movement…The wings of the twist sculptures in this exhibition spiral and turn in a completely new way and seem to twist back on themselves as they enter the center of the form.” For this exhibition, Price has returned to creating bottle forms, recalling classical shapes but with bulbous shoulders and very narrow necks. Several of the bottles sit on pedestals and explore shapes the artist likens to the contours of Victorian women’s blouses. Price works with monochromatic glazes--pale whites, which in some instances are articulated by a darker glaze on the very edges; rich dark browns, and a silvery green "bronze" color--all possessing a distinctive matte surface texture.
 
British-born Ursula Morley Price, who resides in southwestern France, has been exhibiting her work internationally since the mid-1970s. Her ceramics are found in numerous public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Musée National de Céramique in Sèvres, France; and numerous other museums throughout Europe and the United States. In 2013 the Musée d’Art Moderne de Troyes in France mounted a career retrospective exhibition of Ursula Morley Price’s sculptures.
 
 
 
Brown Flange Twist Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
10 1/2 inches high, 6 1/8 inches wide

White Simple Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
6 inches high, 9 inches diameter

Brown Flange Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
10 3/4 inches high, 6 inches wide
 
Bronze Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
7 inches high, 7 1/2 inches diameter

White Flange Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
11 inches high, 6 3/8 inches wide

Brown Small Pipe Form, 2013
Stoneware
5 3/4 inches high, 7 inches diameter
 
Brown Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
7 inches high, 8 inches diameter

White Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
11 3/4 inches high, 7 7/8 inches wide

White Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
7 1/2 inches high, 10 inches diameter
 
Brown Flange Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
13 7/8 inches high, 7 inches wide

White Simple Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
7 inches high, 10 5/8 inches diameter

Brown Flange Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
11 1/2 inches high, 7 inches wide
 
White Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
8 5/8 inches high, 10 inches diameter

White Flange Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
10 1/8 inches high, 6 1/8 inches wide

Brown Simple Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
6 inches high, 10 inches diameter
 
Bronze Simple Twist Form, 2013
Stoneware
5 1/8 inches high, 8 inches diameter

White Small Pipe Form, 2013
Stoneware
6 5/8 inches high, 6 1/4 inches diameter

Bronze Flange Bottle Form, 2013
Stoneware
12 1/4 inches high, 8 1/4 inches wide
 
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