The sculptural side of pottery

By From page B4 | November 16, 2012

Kay De Lange

THE UNIQUE POTTERY of Kay de Lange is featured at Iron Willow Gallery. Courtesy photo

November’s featured artist at Iron Willow Gallery is Kay de Lange.

She creates one of a kind pottery that is immediately recognizable as “KDL” art. Her focus is on hand building vessel forms that are more sculptural than utilitarian.

She uses pinch, coil and paddle to shape the pots, and then finishes them in ways that enhance their form. Some pieces are burnished and sawdust fired while others are coated first with oxides. Her most recent vessels are glazed inside but only partially on the outside, creating an earthy effect.

“Working with clay is a combination of technique, technology and artistic talent. However, the final product is always a result of the fire gods. This is what makes the art form so challenging,” de Lang said.

Her art education started in 1956. In addition to several degrees in art, she also worked hard at learning her craft under an internationally acclaimed Japanese American potter, Toshiko Takaezu. Her work is very much influenced by Takaezu and Japanese pottery.

In 1960, de Lang left for the Philippines where she married Al, a Filipino industrial designer. They founded a furniture factory and raised a family. While in the Philippines, she was involved with the Potters’ Guild and Craft Council.

Nearly 28 years later, de Lang moved to the house that they built in Garden Valley, where the couple resides today.

Stop by Iron Willow Gallery for Third Saturday Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 and meet de Lang. You will enjoy spending time with this interesting artist and seeing her beautiful works on display.

The gallery is located at 440 Main St. in Placerville.

For more information call 530-621-4799.

Iron Willow

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