Rooted in the Gut: Chris Gustin’s Eloquent Vessels

With much fanfare, Chris Gustin’s solo exhibition opened at Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY in November of 2019. While we chose the word “eloquent” for the title of the exhibition, Gustin’s work is not short on appropriate adjectives. Expressive, stirring, fluid, powerful, luscious and articulate also come to mind. The woodfired surfaces, rich in depth from a combination of glaze and ash, feel alive, with gravity pulling the glossy pools down and around each subtle curve. Wheel thrown and hand-built, each piece is one-of-a-kind and made unique by Chris’s intuitive process and the unpredictability and magic of each atmospheric wood firing.