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James Lovera

Exhibition of Recent Work
May 12 - June 24, 2012
Beato Gallery

The Opening Reception was held Saturday, May 12, 2012 / 2:00 - 5:00 pm

James Lovera Exhibition
James Lovera Exhibition Installation



Craters from Fire - Ceramics by James Lovera

Craters from Fire:
Ceramics by James Lovera

This book was published in conjunction with a 2006 exhibition at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California. Essays by Diana L. Daniels, Assistant Curator, Crocker Art Museum, and Robert D. Mowry, Head of the Department of Asian Art, Arthur M Sackler Museum, Harvard University and Senior Lecturer on Chinese and Korean Art, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.

Hard cover, bound in black cloth with photo and embossed printing.
54 pp., 50 illus., 10 x 9-3/4 in.



James Lovera Exhibition

Visit the Center to see more of James Lovera's pieces in the exhibition.

By concentrating on perfecting form, James Lovera unleashes upon the "canvas" of his chargers and bowls interpretations of the textures and hues that surround him in nature. His vessels exemplify midcentury Modernist concerns for the clarity of form and function, but Lovera has also been a student of Song Dynasty (960-1279 c.e.) ceramics, which are among the highest achievements in Chinese porcelain. Lovera was moved by the regard during that historical period for simplicity and the distillation of form to its essence. He has also pushed the chemistry of his glazes to fit to porcelain like a skin.

Lovera is best known for his crater glazes, taking them, beginning in the 1970s, to unprecedented levels of lathered, volcanic definition. Since 2000, Lovera has revisited his longstanding crater formulas, reinventing them as necessary to create surfaces that are now fully dimensional and riddled with thousands of vesicles. Lovera's mastery of both material and kiln is required to prevent the viscosity of the glaze from shattering a bowl's thin walls.  


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