Critter Cup Fantastic
May 25, 2012
Born helpless, nude and unable to provide for themselves, Erik Haagensen's cups and mugs eventually overcome these handicaps with the utterly injudicious revelation of critter lore and statements of questionable verity.
Give them a leg up in the world: provide a loving home, fill them with coffee or whiskey, then send them out to do crimes. Your chance to adopt one for yourself or to pawn one off on an unsuspecting friend starts May 25 at MudFire gallery and online.
The gallery will be open from 12-8pm this Memorial Day Weekend for your artistic pleasures and acquisitional pursuits.
Work will also be available for sale online at 12:00 noon starting Friday, May 25. Don't be late.
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More About Critter Cup Fantastic
Erik's unique process involves a large amount of fire, magic and salt. Tickled into shape on the potters wheel, fired in a downdraft reduction kiln with traditional shino glazes, the vessels emerge in what can only be described as the traditional vessely way. But that's just the start of it.
As we learned on the terrain, every single piece of handmade pottery is actually a trap for a little critter. These critters, sometimes ominous, smelly, intoxicated and rude, (but typically invisible to the naked eye) are lured into the kiln by pixies with promises of snacks, fame and fortune. Once there, the critters are stuffed deep into the crystalline silica structure of the clay - prevented from further havok-wreaking activities upon our planet. In common parlance, this is referred to as "carbon trapping". But we now know better. It's "critter trapping".
Erik Haagensen has long suspected this. He has dedicated years to perfecting the complex process of revealing the unique nature of each vessel (imbued, as it were, by the trace elements of the critter trapped within). Laboring deep into the night in his secret laboratory, with but one window to the outside world, Erik applies his precise combination of fire, spells and salty snacks to each piece, coaxing and cajoling the image to emerge.
Some are too gruesome for the public and must be destroyed. Others can only be seen at night. But some... some cast an uncanny light upon the critter world that surrounds us.
Expecto Patronus Critteritus! The spell is cast. Come see what has emerged.