Tune in this Thursday to watch Ceramic Showcase artist Patrick Noe on Oregon Art Beat on OPB at 8pm, PST.
“My father met my mother in France during World War II. He was a young American GI and she a beautiful 19 year old French woman and after a mostly long distance courtship they married in the US. In 1953 I was born in Tacoma Washington as the middle child of seven children. My father was an Air Force officer and we moved with his assignments around the country.
My larger desire is to give relief to our busy contemporary lives by representing, in some way, the slow timeless beauty of old, so that we make our own subtle connections as to how the past influences our present.
In 1998 my Father offered me the tools that he had been using for making marquetry. Marquetry is an old art form which uses inlaid wood to make art in picture form and in furniture. This led me to thinking of making woodcuts that could be used to make impressions in clay.
My technique has evolved and starts with drawings from which I make a woodcut that when pressed into clay makes a flat relief representation of the original drawing. I then paint the clay piece with ceramic stains and colors that are fired in my kiln at 1940 degrees Fahrenheit. All the work is done on clay before the firing from the many impressions I make with woodcuts, tools and found objects, to the painting.”
Stop by Patrick’s booth at Ceramic Showcase, see his work in person (it’s truly beautiful), and say Hello! Booth B5