Carol Rossman – Spectrum

Raku Fired Clay

November 7 – 30, 2014
Opening reception Friday November 7, 7-9:30pm

Carol Rossman invitation‘ The Carnegie Gallery is pleased to be hosting a solo show of Rossman’s raku pots, marking the first time her pottery will be available for purchase outside the London Ontario Gallery that has exclusive rights to her work.

Carol Rossman was as surprised as anyone to discover, well into her 30s, that she had artistic talent. In those days, it was her clinical research on genetic lung disease for which she was known. But the Dundas raku artist’s first pottery classes at the Dundas Valley School of Art revealed gifts about which she had previously been completely unaware — a steady hand for throwing pots (the process of shaping clay on a potter’s wheel) and an eye for colour and design. But it was her methodical and scientific way of problem solving honed from years working as a medical researcher that has led to Rossman’s being acclaimed internationally as a pioneer of new raku techniques.

What sets Rossman’s work apart are her attempts to impose control on a medium known for its unpredictability. She does this by using her pots as a canvass upon which she “draws” her distinctive designs with thin black masking tape, and meticulously applying her glazes to the uncovered parts. During the firing process, she is constantly covering and uncovering until her glazes take on the colour variations she wants. It’s a technique that has taken her years to perfect.

Every artist needs a muse, or a source from which he or she draws inspiration. For Rossman, it is the American Southwest, a place she returns to again and again on annual trips with her husband to Arizona and for horseback riding trips in Utah. “A part of me needs to see it all the time,” she said. Rossman’s pots are a paean to the timeless beauty and complex patterns of the red rock mesas and canyons of Arizona and Utah. ’
~ excerpts from the Hamilton Jewish News

Carol has shown her works in many group shows including here at the Carnegie Gallery, one person shows at the Art Gallery of Burlington and the Canadian Guild of Craft in Montreal. Her works, outside of exhibitions, may only be seen at Jonathon-Bancroft Snell in London Ontario, and are held in numerous private collections internationally. Her work has been used in many text books for pottery as well as a new book, Carol Rossman, written by Jonathon Bancroft-Snell (published by Ronald P. Frye, Toronto, 2013).

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