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Published:  June 1, 2005

Author Details
Author:  Conor Muldoon
Conor Muldoon is a recent graduate of the University of Dallas.
Ten Pieces Of Pottery
by Conor Muldoon
Journey, the theme of Conor Muldoon’s recent ceramics exhibit, is universal. “The basic idea of the show is about the journey that everyone goes through to one extent or another; that journey is about a transition of focus from the outside superficial world, to the inner person, the inner experiences,” Conor said.

There are twelve forms in the show, and each represents a different stage of the journey. The first pieces in the show capture the viewer’s focus with deep brilliant raku glazes on the outside, and gradually the color of the glazes turns the viewer’s focus inward. Swirling movement changes on each piece, and shifts focus from the outside to the inside.

"You see the movement in the form, and a bare hint of something going on inside, which is why I wanted to make the forms open," Conor said. "From there, once the inside has been looked at and appreciated, the outside and inside become one--which I think is exemplified in the last piece of the show."

For Conor, the growth process he underwent, and an inspirational factor of the show, was his “history with the drug culture and where that went.” He said he was, “becoming aware that there was something inside that needed to be dealt with--the real issue.”

Conor said he appreciates his formal education at University of Dallas because it taught him how to illustrate his journey through ceramics. (Conor will graduate with a B.F.A. in Art-Ceramics in May ‘05). In addition to the texts he read for classes, he was influenced also by “different books of a spiritual nature, mostly Eastern thought.”

Journey was Conor’s senior thesis show, and it took more than three semesters to complete. During the process, he said he “was constantly changing and becoming more aware, looking for better ways to express [himself],” and as a result, “the pieces were constantly progressing.”

Although Conor has progressively worked away from the functional vessel, his pieces still retain some qualities of a functional vessal. All of Conor's pieces are thrown on a wheel and then altered. The first five pieces in the show have cone 06 reduction raku glazes, and the rest have gas-fired oxidation cone 10 glazes. Most of the pieces are actually two or three separate pieces that were thrown on the wheel, and then combined.

“I like there to be a depth in the glaze, and I like the piece to be heavily influenced by the atmosphere and technique it is reduced in,” Conor said.

Conor quotes George E. Ohr, the mad potter of Biloxi, Mississippi, to be a ceramicist he has been influenced by.


Realization
22.25" x 8"


Discovery
12.25" x 11.75"


Search
6.25" x 11"


Willing
6.25" x 10.25"


Open2
21.5" x 10.25"


Awakening
1.625" x 15.25"


Contact
3" x 11.25"


Analyzed
6" x 10"


Internalize
9" x 9.75"


Unity
2" x 14"