Irene Lederer LaCroix has been creating with clay at her Rend’l Pottery studio in Jericho, Vermont since 1992. LaCroix’s work includes raku and saggar fired pottery, tile murals, large vessels, and abstract and figurative sculpture. LaCroix’s sculptural pieces are hand-built using white stoneware clay, then they are burnished, bisqued, and fired in a saggar filled with a variety of combustible materials and chemicals. This work is a search for beauty with forms that are simple but also sensuous.
The artist has presented many raku and handbuilding workshops locally, as well as teaching art and ceramics in area schools. LaCroix has been a featured artist at Frog Hollow State Craft Center in Burlington, VT numerous times, a Niche Award finalist, and has appeared on the WCAX “Made in Vermont” series. She spearheaded a fundraiser for VT Works for Women by creating and facilitating a collaborative work titled "Nine By Nine"with nine women artists. This project also included presentations at the Women’s S. Burlington Correctional Facility.
My sculptural pieces are a search for beauty with forms that are simple but also sensuous. Hand-built using white stoneware clay, they are burnished, bisqued, and fired in a saggar filled with a variety of combustible materials and chemicals. High heat creates a volatile atmosphere in this container, which leaves striking color that enhances the work and makes them seem otherworldly.
Statement about works in A CHANGING FORM Fine Art Ceramics
These submissions reflect my years of interest in sculptural form. This ranges from the simple asymmetrical shapes of the vessels that are enhanced by saggar firing to more complex intricate constructions of the abstract/figurative sculptures. These pieces focus as much on the negative space as the positive.
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