Chris Bing and Jan Wax, Octopus Vase, ceramic, sculpted octopus on a wheel thrown vessel, tenmoku and celedon glaze. Approximately 6.5 inches high by 8.5 inches diameter.
Chris Bing and Jan Wax have been working together as collaborative artists for more than 20 years. Jan throws both porcelain and stoneware on the wheel, and Chris adds sculptural details to the forms, and also hand-builds. The creation of one of their pieces includes choosing the right shape for the sculptural forms, deciding how to glaze the piece, and firing the work. Their work is fired to cone 10 in a propane gas kiln, so it is both decorative and functional. The glazes reflect their interest in Asian ceramics, and include celadon, tenmoku, and copper reds. Chris and Jan feel that they have successfully developed their own personal style, while working within an ancient tradition.
Chris has always had a deep interest in the natural world, and has collected dozens of field guides for inspiration. They also live on land that is rich with wildlife. He need only turn over a stone or two to find a salamander model for his sculptures. The work is all done by hand and no molds are ever used. Clay offers him unlimited possibilities to express his creativity.
"We feel very fortunate to have been able to live and work in Anderson Valley for the past 23 years. Here, in this rural setting, we have been inspired to create beautiful objects, to tend our garden, and to appreciate the creatures that live in this natural splendor."