Carol Zee - Clay

Sensei & Sensibilities Show DMAC 2016Hawaii Craftsmen Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition 2014

Earth Meets Fire Show DMACSensei & Sensibilities Show DMAC 2016

Carol Zee - Clay


I most enjoy the exploration of 3-dimensional shape and composition. I’m drawn to strong forms,

defined surfaces, visual interaction of curves planes and angles, and the absence of straight lines or

symmetry. I also like to explore the interplay and harmony of major forms and supporting elements.

I am working in an ongoing series of vase shapes that I call “Curves and Arcs”. Each work is a study in the

limitless variations of composition within a concept of construction process and technique. As each

component is added to the composition, there is a time of reflection to ask what the options for the

next step are and how the composition will be affected by the next choice. Each piece is a process that

flows from both logic and intuition. The “Curves and Arcs” vases take hand building procedures in a

challenging direction, which with patience and persistence - persuades the clay to take shapes that the

clay is not easily inclined to do.

I have been working in clay for eight years. I have had some exceptional mentors who guided me in my

clay experiences, however, I am primarily self-taught through experimentation and trial and error. Clay

is such an exceptionally dynamic media – the clay’s willingness and capability to take on my vision for it,

is constantly evolving as the clay reacts with air, moisture, and pressure.

Through my experiences and experiments, the clay has ultimately taught me how to communicate with

it – the dialogue goes both ways, the clay has a voice of its own. I learn to sense what it will give under

what conditions and to anticipate how to create conditions that enable the outcomes for which I hope.

Then – to make matters more interesting and add an element of surprise - the fire of the kiln will either

cement or destroy my intentions.

I reside near Keauhou Bay and develop my clay work at the Donkey Mill Art Center (DMAC) in Holualoa.

I have taught workshops at the DMAC, and have been invited to show my work at DMAC exhibits; Earth

Meets Fire in 2014, and Sensei & Sensibilities in 2016. Also I was juried into the 2014 Hawaii Craftsmen

Statewide Exhibition.

After being a frequent visitor to the Big Island for over 30 years, I moved here after retiring from a

career in the aerospace industry in southern California. I had 35 years of experience in the design and

construction of satellites.


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