I'm delighted to present a new pottery collection from contemporary ceramic artist Elke Levine. Currently on display at our Private Stash in Montecito, the series features six ceramic vessels made using a unique compound of volcanic ash from Sicily's legendary Mount Etna. From the artist:
Success is a whole line up of failures.-Vincent van Gogh-My work is inspired by nature. It aims to reflect the color, depth and perfect imperfection of natural forms. As with natural forms, imperfection is not a shortcoming but a source of beauty, the irregularity of the rock or the bark of a tree. And as with natural forms where surface and shape unite, the successful ceramic work is the result of a union of form and surface.This collection has been fired numerous times until the glaze formed the right finish for the vessel. I applied volcanic ashes which I collected in Sicily from the eruption of Mount Etna. The combination of ashes and glazes I used formed a volcanic-like surface. Some areas are shiny and fused perfectly, other areas are rough and textured. It depends on the temperature and amount of firing I choose. I am looking for the vessel to show character and interest.The importance of creating is all about the journey. The enjoyment lies in experimenting and constantly searching for new designs and ways to create something different.I have been fortunate to have been able to work with well known ceramic artists from Europe to Indonesia. I learned all kinds of different techniques with porcelain as well as stoneware. I have experimented with different ways of firing my work.My passion for ceramics comes from the journey I take when creating my vessels. The excitement of bringing an idea to life. Often the outcome is unexpected. I am looking for harmony in the irregular feel of the piece.For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.