In July the Port Townsend Gallery features Diane Gale & Tom Saknit
Diane Gale has been a potter for over 25 years. Her focus continues to be developing her own style and voice, grounded in classical American and Japanese techniques. In 2009 she was selected from a large number of candidates to participate in a juried residency in Tokoname, Japan, one of the 8 famous ancient woodfiring sites. This entailed intensive training with Japanese Treasures on throwing techniques, Japanese culture, and woodfiring. In woodfiring, the fuel for the heating of the kiln is wood, and so the wood ash becomes part (or all!) of the glaze. Surface patterns and glaze effects are stunning, resulting from diverse variables impacting flame and ash patterns. Gale’s interest in atmospheric firings (where the oxygen level inside the kiln is variable) led her to woodfiring. Most firings take a team of people as the firings range from 3-8 days. Ms. Gale has studied with many well known potters and keeps her skills and ideas current with workshops. At the gallery, she will be showing her interpretation of iconic forms for sushi and sake service. Several other special pieces will be featured including tall vases with clamshell marks, and woodfired flasks with driftwood stoppers. Pursuing her interest in organic texture inspired by nature, her “Winter Trees” line of ceramics will be also available, as will several functional bowls and platters. Why eat and drink off boring?
Tom Saknit’s love of artwork in the process of creation (the developmental arc between blank canvas and completion) guided his creation of Redacted Photography . In a unique approach to photography, Tom removes information from a picture, then compresses the color palate. The result invites the viewer to imagine what was once there… to supply their unique memory or imagination to complete the experience… in what ultimately becomes a very personal interpretation to each viewer. This process, and collaboration with the participant, allows Tom to bridge mechanical acquisition and fine art with organic deconstruction. Those who consider Tom’s images will also see the work as a reference to memory and memory loss, allowing his work to be at once excitingly interactive and thoughtfully meditative. A lifelong photographer and digital cinematographer, imagery has been Tom’s passion for forty plus years. Through July, Tom presents his Pacific Northwest Suite which includes images from Port Townsend, Sequim, Seattle and Tacoma. Tom’s work can also be seen at Gallery North, Edmonds and A/NT Gallery, Seattle. For further information about Tom Saknit’s work, please visit his web site www.tomsaknit.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Port Townsend Gallery at 715 Water Street is open from 10 to 6 Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Please join the artists for the Gallery Walk from 5:30 to 8 pm on Saturday, July 6th . For more Gallery information, phone (360) 379-8110 www.porttownsendgallery.com.