Deborah Rael-Buckley

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Artist Statement

My large-scale, narrative, ceramic sculptures are one of a kind. They are coil built and excavated resulting in a unique openwork effect. No armatures are used to stabilize the structures. The larger forms are built in sections and reassembled after firing. Using no sketches, I begin with a coil and work upwards building up the walls. Then I draw in the design and mark the negative spaces. I cut out the negative spaces, smooth out the inside edges, the replace the cut outs for even drying. Before the first firing I layer on underglazes. I use washes, stains, glazes and sometimes add decals. I use a mid range stoneware and fire to 2100 degrees which makes the sculptures suitable for some outdoor display. Most of the sculptures can be shipped or delivered in a car seat and the sections stacked or attached permanently later. My smaller works are suitable for shipping. I have been collecting small porcelain mass produced figurines for years and wanted to answer a question-How can I create a one of a kind object with a mass produced object? My QWorks (quirky works) are recycled porcelain tchochkies that I cut apart and reassemble into one of a kind sculptures, suitable for small spaces and offices. They are fun, whimsical and enigmatic. My works have been added to many public and private collections including the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and the Albuquerque Museum of Art. They have been extensively exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Studio visits by appointment only-call Deborah Rael-Buckley 505-681-4914 Works also available at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road, Taos, New Mexico 575-758-7113,

Contact Information

Deborah Rael-Buckley

43 Vista Linda Road
Ranchos de Taos
New Mexico 87557