Heidi McKenzie’s story is as interesting as her ceramic sculptures. Five years ago, at mid-life, she rekindled a childhood passion for clay and took a residency at the foothills of the Himalayas in India with Mansimran Singh, student of iconic British potter, Bernard Leach.
In Anima (above & top of post) bands of thrown and altered clay are “coaxed into kinetic rhythms with attention to line and speed, density and fluidity, and the timelessness of the ephemeral,” she writes. The China Bound series (below) is porcelain – thrown, altered, and slip cast with Chinese transfers.McKenzie’s works are guided by her “20-year journey out of fibromyalgia . . . Each piece is a personal manifestation of self at a specific moment in time during the healing process.” (Below: the Maru series)
This post shows related posts from the past including Jason Holley’s chain sculptures. It really reminded me of him, though I had forgotten his name until I saw the post reminder. McKenzie’s work is a joy to look at, very happy, at least the upper stuff. The chains make me wonder about her journey “out” of pain. I will look at more of her work on her page.
Yes, true, she and Jason Holley share some design instincts. I like them both. Very astute, as usual!