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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Vidya Vijayasekharan

Vidya Vijayasekharan

Artist Work

Malabar
2011
Buff stoneware with glaze and "mishima" inlay
18" x 10" x 4"
Facing Forward
2011
White stone ware with gold leaf and "mishima" inlay
15" tall x 3" wide - each piece
Pangong Tso
2015
High fired Ceramic: Stoneware with inlaid slips an, glazes and gold leaf
Each: 9" tall and 7" diameter
Community
2014
High fired stoneware, with inlays and slips
Each; 5" diameter, 18" , 24" and 30" tall
Birds of Peace
2017
High fired stoneware, with glazes and inlay
30' long x 20" tall x 3" high
Birds of Peace - detail
2017
Stoneware with glazes
30" x 20" x 3"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Objects often transcend their functional roots to communicate with us through observation. My ceramic pieces are inspired by my travels and are the result of my response to those cultures and the environment. I use a variety of stoneware and each type of clay comes with its unique personality and characteristics which allow me to respond to those properties. My interest in architecture, design and the Asian aesthetic are reflected in these hand-built, slab, and coil construction ceramic sculptures which are twice fired at about 2200 deg. F. The textured and patterned surfaces are the result of engraving, stamping, inlay and carving. Some pieces are burnished and gilded, while others have multiple applications of slips, stains and glazes. In my recent work I use mishima inlay, a centuries-old technique popularized in Korea. The form and surface of each piece are marked by my hand as well as the clay and the fire from the kiln.

Artist Bio

Vidya Vijayasekharan is an art historian, educator and artist, who believes that the study of the arts and humanities is the foundation for a lifelong intellectual journey. She has been teaching Art History at Montgomery College since 1993. She lives and works in Maryland.