Jo Zider Studio 39 Visual Artist
Sculpture in clay and bronze, Installations, Relief oil paintings, specializing in raku firing process for sculpture and tile work.                                          i
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Raku Tile

The MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS TREE as an image came after a dream; an out of body experience I had while sitting downstairs in the Cafe looking at the large photo on the wall of opening day of the museum: April 12, 1924. As I stared at this photo, the overhanging branch of a large tree in the foreground beckoned me to come.....come....come closer, come in. I felt myself entering the scene; I could feel the raindrops on my face and voices coming from the steps of the building. As I crossed Montrose and stood under the sheltering branch of this very old tree, I reached out to touch it. It was then I 'awoke' and immediately got up from the table, went upstairs and outside. Crossing the street from the Beck Building I went to the south side of the Law Building and across the garden to see the same old tree still standing. I walked up and placed my hand on the trunk and stood there for some time, marveling at my feelings for this tree. My image put some branches back and surrounded the tree with an impressionistic and bucolic scene of pre 1924 years. Many images of trees followed. Special trees mostly around my studio.  The WINDOWS series and theme of trees was the focus  for exhibition at the CGJung Center in 2001.
RAKU is a method of firing clay in an atmosphere abundant in carbon. Certain glazes produce the metallic surface, either copper, silver or a brass and a clear glaze allows the natural color of the clay to show through. Often a crackling effect can be achieved. The unglazed areas turn degrees of black to gray depending on the amount of carbon that is absorbed. The RAKU firing and post reduction process allowed me to achieve the palette I desired for not only the tile work but most of my three dimensional forms. "Traces" was the theme piece for a solo exhibition at Archway Gallery around 1981 in which I explored many ideas and produced seminole pieces, forms to which I would return decade after decade. "Traces" was composed of ten sequential tiles. Through graphic design of contrasting color and line direction, movement was achieved; collisions, meetings, partings. This idea was successfully applied to in-the-round works also to show a panoramic view.
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