Article by Betty Freudenheim
"Pre-Dawn Attack Ceremonial Vessel," by Ron Artman, has the ominous aspect of as armored vehicle with sharp metal weapons jammed into the handles. Although this circular pot is made of stoneware, the entire surface appears enclosed in bolted-down plaques of metal. Only the boldest of warriors would dare to drink from such a vessel.
"Betsy displays Gondokoro by Ron Artman in her dressing room so she may admire it daily. It's named after the British colonial outpost along the Blue Nile, south of Khartoum. Artman often transfers the history he is reading about into the sculptures he is creating."
"Big is beautiful for Alice Springs potter Ron Artman. For just a little over a year, Ron has been transforming clay into convex-sided vessels averaging well over 40 cm in height and breadth. All of his pots are hand built from rough-textured raku clay, then heavily incised using lineal strokes which follow the form of the vessel. The ultimate impact of this combined scale and artistry is one of strength, power and, above all, beauty."
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