This intriguing large blue clay piece by Canadian artist Steven Heinemann bridges the divide between sculpture and ceramics. The teardrop-shaped vessel appears deflated and gently curved as if it is flowing down the steel shelf it sits on. Heinemann’s organic form is inspired by nature. The title was borrowed from a favourite Beach Boys song that was first featured on their ground-breaking album, ‘Pet Sounds’ in 1966. Heinemann is considered a master ceramicist whose innovative and imaginative work has redefined the limits of ceramic art.
“The form has many origins both in and outside the language of pottery and containment, the sensation of being and embodiment, and like the above seems to be caught in a moment of change or transition.” Steven Heinemann
Steven Heinemann earned an MFA from Alfred University, NY, in 1983 and has taught in Canada and the US. Since his first solo exhibition in 1982 at the Ontario Crafts Council, he has exhibited continuously. Heinemann’s work is held in museums the world over. He has received many national and international awards including the Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s highest recognition of achievement in contemporary craft.