Artists of the Day / John Martelle and Liz Vercruysse / Herman, Nebraska

Ceramics is one of my favorite art forms, and one of the oldest in human history.  I particularly like wood fired work, the most primitive of firing methods.  It feels that one can see and touch all of humanity’s past in one of these pieces,  that reflect both the subtlety and drama of a five day wood firing.

“Specializing in local materials Liz and John endeavor to use clay and glaze materials collected on their Herman Nebraska property whenever possible. The resulting work is an expression of the natural qualities of their immediate environment.”

About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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1 Response to Artists of the Day / John Martelle and Liz Vercruysse / Herman, Nebraska

  1. I’ve never been that big on ceramics – my own attempts… are better left unsaid.
    But these are how it should be; these are GOOD!

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