About five years ago, Karin
Givon began her exploration of pierced and
carved pottery. At the time, she was working at
the Mendocino Art Center doing a Regional
Occupational Program with the late Peter Von
Vilken Zook. Karin had done a small amount of
cutting through the clay over the years, but one
day she found herself thinking," What if?... and
designed the first of a long series of lace-like
They are primarily porcelain,
but some are made of a high fire stoneware.
Resembling the feeling of the "arts and crafts"
movement of the forties, they are primarily
concerned with growing things -- birds plants
and animals. Some are quite whimsical -- a fox
chasing a series of running rabbits, through the
trees. (If you look closely you can sometimes
find some crouching rabbits hiding in the
Karin has so far designed and
cut over 35 different patterns. Karin is having
fun. All the ware is fired to cone 10 -- a
traditional high-fire that makes this pottery
both durable and beautiful. They are useful for
bread, fruit, candles, floating flowers, or to
enhance your table. They are microwaveable and
dishwasher-safe. When people ask Karin what they
are for, she laughs and answers "Not soup!" But
the Dancing Dragon Pottery lives on.
Other works by Karin are
dragons and monster-ish downspouts, fountains,
large tiles, and Japanese-style dinnerware. The
pictures are a few samples of the work of Karin
Givon. If you are interested in seeing more of
this work, contact Karin.
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