"Industrial objects of iron and steel conflict with the earthy, environmental reference of clay."
In his work, Neil Tetkowski creates a tension between the natural aesthetic of clay and the historic origin of the found object. The basis of his technique is terra sigilatta, which means "sealed earth." It is an ancient Greek method where refined slip (liquid clay) is applied to the dry surface of the piece before it is fired. Tetkowski has modified the tradition by incorporating salt vapors into the hot kiln, resulting in luminous bursts of color.
Focusing on the impact of vast transitions upon nature and humankind, he contrasts the natural and the synthetic, the past and the present. Each work is a metaphor of the physical world, which reflects the ethereal world.
Neil has a website at members.aol.com/tetkowski/.