Monday, March 12, 2012

The Cup: Lou Pierozzi - Lindenhurst, IL

Lou Pierozzi The Iron Chalice
wheel thrown and hand-built clay, fired to 2385 F
(8 x 4.5 inches) CUP 147 $175 SOLD

I am primarily interested in functional ceramic art that is more than just a utilitarian object. My vessels, although functional, draw upon a unique time in history when machines first became main stream. The rise of the Industrial Revolution brought trains, boilers, steamships, iron clad warships and other heavy steel machinery.

Lou Pierozzi The Outpost
wheel thrown and hand-built clay, fired to 2385 F
(7.5 x 6.5 inches) CUP 148 $275

I am particularly interested in the smoke stacks, rivets, gears, and steels plates that made up this early machinery. My ceramic pieces look to emulate the visual weight, and mechanical parts that were present in these historical objects. I want my viewers to be able to make a slight connection to this time period, but also be able to see the stylization that make my pieces unique.

Lou Pierozzi The Double Boilers
wheel thrown and hand-built clay, fired to 2385 F
(8.75 x 12 inches) CUP 149 $475 SOLD

The process I use to create these industrially inspired objects involves throwing many of the pieces on the potter’s wheel. I first throw the main body of the piece on the potter’s wheel and alter the shape considerably. Once I have created the main body, I then decide what shapes will work best for the extruding parts. I then throw the extruding parts, cut them and reassemble them into various mechanical forms.

Lou Pierozzi The Iron Chimney
wheel thrown and hand-built clay, fired to 2385 F
(9.5 x 6.5 inches) CUP 150 $225

Once the vessel is fully assembled I carefully handcraft each rivet and meticulously place them onto the piece. Finally, I carve in the lines to make the piece look metal plated. After each piece is completely assembled and bisqued, glaze is applied and fired to cone 10. This long and evolved process combines to make an industrially inspired vessel that is not only functional, but also sculptural.

Lou Pierozzi The Smoke Stack
wheel thrown and hand-built clay, fired to 2385 F
(9.75 x 6 inches) CUP 151 $175

Lou Pierozzi was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  His interest in ceramics started his first year in college.   Pierozzi is deeply interested in making forms that are functional, but the real excitement happens when he alters the form and surface of the piece. He strives to make work that is more sculptural than functional. 

Lou Pierozzi received his BFA from De Paul University and his MFA degree in ceramics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Pierozzi is currently an adjunct professor and studio manager at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL.  His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums throughout the country, featured in multiple publications and represented in various public and private collections.

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