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Ian McDonald

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At a moment when many seem to favor sloppy expressionism in ceramics, the cleanly articulated, volumetrically precise work of Ian McDonald is a welcome exception. Currently Artist in Residence in the storied ceramic department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, McDonald works with a repertoire of defined cylinder and disk forms, establishing pulsing rhythms both within each pot and across them as groups. He generally favors a restricted palette, somewhat reminiscent of the digital chiaroscuro seen in 1980s print graphics, with a hint of the subtle tonalities of the Viennese-British potter Lucie Rie.

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Ian McDonald
Contributing Gallery
Patrick Parrish Gallery
19 in × 6 in × 6 in
48.26 cm × 15.24 cm × 15.24 cm
Image credit: Clemens Kois for Patrick Parrish Gallery
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