HESITATION

(C) JOHN

Until recently, cognition and emotion were thought to be separate elements.  Now, new research indicate a strong relation with cognition affecting emotion. HESITATION is part of my “Cognitive Emotions” series, in which the primary contour of a piece is intended to suggest or evoke a human emotion such as surprise, elation, or skepticism and the glaze to create a secondary contour showing the interplay between cognition and emotion.  HESITATION is hand-built and raku-fired using a smooth variation of my own artist-made paper clay and a high-gloss/high-reduction raku glaze, set on a MDF base.  15″ x 9″ x 9″.

ANGER MANAGEMENT

(C) JOHN FANSMITH 2018

ANGER MANAGEMENT is a hand-built and raku-fired part of my “Expressive Hands” series, using a rough, textured version of my own artist-made paper clay and mottled raku glazes to emphasize tension between the deep anger expressed in the form of the upper hand and the restraining effect of the lower hand. 9″ x 7″ x 7″ on an MDF base.