|"Work is successful when it seems to have taken in a breath of
Viewers often see poses or personalities in Cynthia Spencer's ceramics. This is no accident--Spencer deliberately draws out the human form in her ceramics, grounding its presence in the history and nature of clay. Pottery terminology referring to anatomy--feet, body, shoulders, neck. Creation stories listing clay as the stuff from which humans were made.
Each piece of Spencer's pottery is cut from thin slabs of clay and fit together as fabric sewn by a tailor. She then decorates it with drips of an albany slip-based glaze, accentuating the elegance of its form. Additions and alterations are part of the process; only with the occasional slump and fingermark does the clay become human.
More information about Cynthia can be found at www.theamericanartisan.com/spencer.html.