Lorne Beug - Why the Table Shape

I guess another thing about that piece was a lot of the work I started out doing in ceramics was smaller pieces that were meant to go on a table or a pedestal, and this one was trying to deal with some of those limitations, trying to make bigger pieces, that also had their own form of support and so it is kind of like a free standing object in itself. I was playing around with ideas of the table so a table generally has legs. And there is also the idea of Saskatchewan landscape being as flat as a table. The table in that piece is glazed tiles. And then the legs being unglazed clay but coloured clays, and they were representing the past, and kind of like layers of earth below the surface. So they are kind of like layered clay cylinders which could be like drill-core samples that are taken from the surface, below the surface of the landscape. I actually think that Saskatchewan landscape is actually one of the most interesting from the air. I mean I could be biased, but it is actually much more interesting for me than to see mountains in B.C. because in Saskatchewan you get this strong geometrical grid. But it’s also continually varied by the subtle kind of landscape features, a little hill, the little valleys of streams and sloughs and that kind of thing that is constantly varied but it still has such a strong geometrical, man-made imprint on it.

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