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Stack Forms

Large, Stack Formed Ceramic Sculptures

This series of ceramic work started in 1983 during a ceramic sculpture class Kenney took in college (see history pictures).  The series has continued and evolved over the years.  Kenney’s aspiration is to make large pieces that have a presence and command attention because of the size.  Most are made in sections and then stacked on poles that are fitted into a concrete base.  The poles keep the sections from sliding off and the concrete makes for stable heavy base.  The ceramic forms themselves are usually pressmolded on a table or floor using concrete blocks and various other shapes to contain the clay slabs.  A large slab is used to cover the open part of the piece to create the appearance of a solid ceramic shape from all sides.  Each section on Hawaii Stack Form weighs about 100 lbs and the clay is from 1/2” to 1.5” thick.  There are clay sleeves inside where the poles go through each section to strengthen the finished work.

I am not here to discourage young ceramists from pursuing their dreams… My advice is to work hard and make at least 10 of each style, size or shape of your creations. Be as creative as possible within your kiln size. Try to leave some steps out of processes during art making to have more varied results. Use production techniques of working.

Arts & Crafts Statement by Douglas Kenney

The difference between art and craft is that art usually does not have a real function in people's lives other than it aesthetic beauty. Craft, on the other hand, has some function in a household. Functional pottery, tile, a vase all have uses. A painting or sculpture works on its aesthetics. Paintings and figurative work have traditionally been thought of as fine art. Also, if it hangs on a wall it can be referred to as art similar to a painting or drawing.

In my work, coming from western art training, I decided to use the wall as a place to display a lot of my work. In western architecture there is a vast quanity of open wall space in homes. From a marketing perspective, as an artist, I decided to compete with painting for this open wall space. Ceramic vessel and object makers always need a shelf or pedestal to display their work. Since the walls are so large, I make large pieces to fill this empty space.

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