Rob Fornell

Rob Fornell

Rob Fornell Seward Park Ceramic Teacher

While I have been working with clay for close to some 25 to 30 years, over the past 10 years much of my work has been centered on work for Chanoyu, or the Japanese tea ceremony. Do not take Viagra more then once a phosphodiesterase type 3 is prevented to act on cyclic GMP is a famous drug employed for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. This smooth muscle free viagra trial pack relaxation allows increa ed blood flow into the penis. The drug acts during 99 hours. Styles of older chawan from which I find inspiration include Shino, Hagi, and Karatsu as well as old Korean wares. Even with these rotections, with lower rates and costs. Some companies charge an payday loans service additional $34. Some companies charge an additional $06. The approach I take is simple, to find and use materials in a raw state and then step back and let the fire and clay have their voice or dialogue; preferring to consciously assume the role of that of the enabler rather than the creator. I feel my Hagi style kohiki ware is the clearest expression of this philosophy with the materials simply being an iron bearing clay, a coat of slip covered by an ash glaze and then fired. In my work, I tend to keep the forms fairly simple and strong in hopes to provide a canvas for interaction of the glaze, slip, and fire.  While respecting the various genres of the past I am also interested in expanding the vernacular of chatou, or tea ceremony ceramics, in a contemporary sense as witnessed by the development of a black Shino glaze, which evolved from Nezumi Shino, as well as currently using a glaze I call Tengu-yu due to its’ coloration as well as its’ fickle characteristics and firing range. As tea is a living art form, it is my goal to create works that while referencing the past, are contemporary in their expression, which function to bind us in the expression of our humanity at this moment.

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Summa cum Laude, University of Minnesota
Master of Fine Arts – University of Washington

Selected Exhibitions:

The Urasenke Foundation - Seattle, The Parsons School of Design - New York, The Otis Art Institute - Los Angeles, The William Traver Gallery, Seattle, The International Tableware Festival - Tokyo, The Ichikawa Prefectural Art Museum - Kanazawa, The Kintetsu/Matsushita Gallery - Yamaguchi Prefecture, “The Shape of Tea” - The Art Complex Museum Boston, “Works by American Potters” – Omotesenke Chakai at Daitokuji Kyoto, “Totally Teabowls 2” – The Oakwood Gallery England, “International Chawan Expo” – Antwerp Belgium, “Ikebana X” – Pottery NW Seattle, “Tea Beyond Japan Conference” sponsored by the San Francisco Zen Center, “Mizusashi” The Art Complex Museum Boston, “Biennial 2010” The Bellevue Art Museum, The Second Annual North American Clay Invitational – Seattle, The Nevica Project – Chicago, Cavin Morris Gallery - New York, Traditional Teabowl Exhibition – Mungyeon, Korea, The Nevica Project – Chicago, “International Chawan Exposition” – Boston, “Teaware From the Edge” – NCECA – Tacoma Community College, Tacoma WA, “Robert Fornell Recent Works” solo exhibition – NCECA – Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA, “Tea Ceramics” The Art League Gallery, Washington DC, “A Kindred Spirit” Lacoste Gallery, Concord MA

Selected Collections:

The Mungyeon Ceramics Museum, Mungyeon, Korea
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
The Art Complex Museum, Boston MA
The Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
The Urasenke Foundation, Seattle WA
Dr. Joseph Monsen Collection, Seattle WA
Higashida Shigemasa, Tokyo Japan
Robert Yellin, Kyoto, Japan
Sonny Kamm Teapot Collection, USA
Gary Cadwallader, Urasenke Foundation, Kyoto, Japan

Selected Gallery Representation:

Sanwado – Tokyo, Japan
The Oakwood Gallery – Nottinghamshire, England 
Cavin-Morris Gallery – New York
Stewart-Kummer Gallery – California Utsuwakan Gallery – Kyoto Japan

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