Ancient stone tools, ritual objects, architecture and forms from nature are the inspirations for my sculptures and sculptural vessels. I am attempting to carve out my place as a contemporary object maker. My recent focus has been work for the wall, including grouping and individual pieces and the introduction of a gloss rather than matt surface. In my view this is the transition from lava to obsidian. I use stoneware clay, a traditional craft material. The pieces are constructed using a combination of hand-building techniques. All the pieces are coated with glaze and carved into, a technique call sgraffito. The carving is a result of a lifelong exploration of line and pattern.
Larry Halvorsen is a self-taught potter with almost 30 years experience working with clay. Combining his interests in primitive art, ancient tools, natural forms and lifelong love of pattern, he creates an ever-evolving body of work.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
2012 Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair, Bellevue, WA
2012 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA
2011 Artist Studio Tour, Seattle, WA
2010 Threshold Mithun, Seattle, WA
2009 The Art Stop, Tacoma, WA
2009 Edison Eye Gallery, Edison, WA
2009 Pots Gallery, Seattle, WA
2008 Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
2008 Marni Muir Gallery, Seattle, WA
2006 Northwind Arts Alliance, Port Townsend ,WA
2006 American Artisan Gallery, Nashville, TN
2004 Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA