Green Dream, Earthenware with translucent glazes, 12” x 12” x 30”, 2011
This piece was accepted to the 19th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition juried by Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio http://www.samfa.org/ncc.htm
Inspired by Robert Arneson’s ‘portrait of David’, in which Gilhooly is represented gazing inwardly to his beloved frogworld, this piece represents my own inner vision, conjured by memories of walking the damp English hillsides covered in fiddle headed ferns.
Green Dream is also my interpretation of the archetypal Chinese ‘Boshanlu’, which generally consisted of a bowl and a high cover in the form of mountain peaks. Practically they were incense burners, however, they were also scholarly objects for meditation, symbolizing the abode of the immortals. The green glaze dripping up, represents the rising smoke or wisps of morning dew.