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'Studies In Form' Holiday Show Opens This Weekend At Savage Studio



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‘Studies In Form’ Holiday Show

Opens This Weekend At Savage Studio

DANBURY — Phyllis Savage will present a show of her latest work, “Studies in Form,” at Savage Studio on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 5-21, and continuing Monday through Wednesday of Christmas week, December 22-24. Hours are noon to 6 pm each day.

Included in the show are Ms Savage’s latest porcelain and stoneware vases, as well as functional pieces, sculptures and many selected sale items.

“In developing ‘Studies in Form,’ I have concentrated primarily on two vase shapes,” said Ms Savage. “One expands as it rises from a narrow foot to its widest point then contracts over a curved shoulder to a small opening.  The other form starts with a bulb at bottom that tapers to a small neck then rises, expanding gently, to a tall open mouth.

“This work explores how the subtlest changes in height, width, symmetry, proportion, radius, convexity, concavity, opening and foot definition can dramatically affect the aesthetic appeal of these forms and whether the shapes that are most appealing seem to satisfy some objective criteria, such as the golden ratio. I also have been expanding and refining my custom glaze palette,” the artist added 

This year has been particularly exciting for Ms Savage, whose work was shown at the Hammond Museum in South Salem and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in Texas. She also celebrated her first exhibits in Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.

By far, however, the artist says the highlight of 2008 was the selection of her sculpture, “Whose Shame?” for exhibit at the 8th  International MINO Ceramic Competition in Tajimi, Japan, one of the most important competitions in Japan and most prestigious ceramic events in the world.

“My work was one of the few selected out of thousands of entries from over 50 countries,” said Ms Savage, who attended the opening in August and also took the opportunity to visit ceramic teachers and friends in Shigaraki, Japan.

Savage Studio is at 93 Mill Plain Road in Danbury. Examples of Ms Savage’s work can be seen online at SavageStudio.com. Driving directions to the studio and additional information is also available online or by calling 743-3000.

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