Dow Redcorn’s functional and decorative ceramics reflect his lifetime fascination with forests and the life cycles of trees. His stoneware pieces, formed from slabs and carved to achieve a rich surface, are treated with slips, terra sigillata, stains and only occasionally glazes. His clay achieves a beautiful trompe l’oeil effect in the form of tree bark, acorns, stumps, and soil. A Native American from the Osage Indian Tribe in N.E. Oklahoma, Dow’s work is informed by the images of animals, nature and spirits have long adorned his tribe’s ceremonial clothing, blankets and historic tools used in daily living.
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Dow Redcorn at MudFire
Dow Redcorn Artist Statement
I have been fascinated with nature, forests and the life cycles of trees my entire lifetime. The aspen of Colorado, the bald cypress of Louisiana and the white oak and acorns in my own backyard have all been sources of my inspiration. My art work reflects this in the form of trees, limbs, logs and stumps. My forms are made of stoneware, primarily built from slab to form cylinders. Once they have taken shape, they are carved using various tools and techniques to create a mix of reality and fanciful natural forms. They are often only finished with black under glaze but are sometimes decorated with natural colored glazes into "Tree" pots, stump mugs, acorn salt and pepper shakers. Anything is imaginable. . .
As a Native American from the Osage Indian Tribe in N.E. Oklahoma, the images of animals, nature and spirits have long adorned our tribe's ceremonial clothing, blankets and historic tools used in daily living. While those images are not directly playing themselves out on my work today, the themes of nature and nature as incorporated into our daily lives is. My fantasy is to create an entire dinner service setting comprised entirely of tree inspired plates, goblets, forks and knives, etc.