This body of work is an exploration in using harvested and processed local materials. Each piece contains a bit of the local landscape. I have used local flora and fauna, reduced to ash, clay, rock, sand and minerals which I have harvested, processed and used within the clay or applied onto the clay to create a unique piece that is from New Brunswick.
Clay was harvested from Sussex, Mactaquac, the Nashwaak river and its tributaries. Various rocks such as slate, shale, granite, basalt and even sands were collected, ground to dust and used within the clay body, on top of the clay body or in the glaze composition. I formulated and created each glaze through experimentation and testing and fired to 1222 degrees celcius. I also collected ashes from various grasses, seaweed and trees to create the glaze surfaces present in this showing in an attempt to highlight the forms which reflect the strong natural plant life forms.
I have been playing with the forms of squash, gourds, pumpkins, apples, and pears. Soft, precise and very feminine forms with a force of nature applied that morphs and alters. Sometimes they are rough and bumpy, warty or squashed; sometimes smooth and perfect. Each are beautiful in their own right.
Liz Demerson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Anthropology, minoring in Women's Studies, from the University of New Brunswick. She also has a Bachelor of Education degree from UNB, and a Master of Arts in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Concordia University in Montreal.
A trained ceramic artist, Liz learned her craft at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design under Peter Thomas and Karen Burk. She was juried into the New Brunswick Crafts Council in 2001 and has sold her work across the Maritimes and Ontario.
Presently studio head of the Ceramics Studio at NBCCD, her specialty is ceramic science where she is testing and developing new glazes. She is currently doing research in the area of natural glaze development.
Liz has been harvesting a variety of materials in New Brunswick, such as seashells, granites, sands, seaweeds and other plant materials as well as different rocks and processing them into a ceramic grade glaze product. Her current research is sourcing local clays and processing them into a usable body ceramics production.