Dennis Meiners

My objective with each piece I make is to capture the imaginative moment and give my artist-self a chance to respond. What it comes down to is being fully present.

Most of my work is hand-built, beginning with stretched slabs on which I create little textural “psychodramas”. Designs are pressed into the surface with rolling stamps and then images are applied over that surface from tiny carved molds called sprigging stamps to create a clay tapestry.

An approach that is new to me is the Mishima technique. Mishima pottery comes from the Japanese town of that name, but I think it was originally transported from Korea around the 16th century. With this method, I incise drawings in leather-hard clay, then overlay a slip of contrasting color and carefully scrape the excess away to leave the color only in the lines. This way of working gives me a chance to draw on my pots with a sensitivity very different from brushwork. Brushes for me are quick and loose. Mishima is more “draftsman-like”.

Magpie Yunomi
5″ x 4″ x 4″

Mishima Vase 2
10″ x 4″ x 3″

Wolf Vignette Yunomi
5″ x 4″ x 4″

Ceramic   Drawing   
Community: 8
Studio Number: 96
(971) 266-8180 |
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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Address: 8225 SW 3rd Ave Portland, OR, 97219, USA


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