Featured Artist of the Day ~ Fred Yokel, Ceramic Artist

freds-pic.jpg Fred Yokel

For the past 4 or 5 years I have been concentrating on these voluminous, non-anatomically-correct figures. They typically have large legs and lower portions and become smaller in the torso area and head. I like to show actions and emotions in their poses rather than detailed facial expressions, thus the heads are usually minimally expressive. I am also very interested in surface texture and continue to search for new inspiration for finishes on my pieces. I find new ideas looking at geologic formations, plant textures and weathered surfaces, both natural and man-made.

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Titled "Oh Yeah? Watch This"

Most of the pieces are built using the coil method. I use coils that are quite fat and flatten them to make them taller before attachment. I like to call them sloils--kind of a combination slab and coil. I typically start with the feet and work my way up coaxing the clay to get the flow of the stance that I am striving for.

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Titled "You Mean Like This"

Inspiration for poses comes from many places--my kids, Yoga, dance, baseball, Cirque du Soleil. I often sketch poses before I begin so I can refine them and also so I don't forget them. There are so many possibilities. Many of the pieces express humor. I like to laugh and believe that laughter is therapeutic, so it is actually complimentary for someone to laugh while viewing my work.

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Titled "It Was Kind of Bent"

Fred Yokel Studio: 408-433-4720 mailto:fredyokel@gmail.com

Fred's work is currently featured at the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts

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Titled "I Don't Get It"