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  Six Cups by Jonathan Van Dyke



 



Jonathan Van Dyke

Six Cups, designed 2007
hand-cast and pigmented Hydrocal plaster and Renaissance wax
dimensions vary
edition of ten in each design

$110 - $210



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Artist Statement:

I grew up down the road from the Three Mile Island nuclear plant, home of the infamous 1978 near-meltdown. I could see the plant's four giant concrete cooling towers up close from the backyard of my grandparents' house, riverside near the plant, and from the classrooms at my high school. My art teacher, who let me arrive sleepily and late, and introduced me to coffee, taught me how to brew from the drip pot she kept hidden in her supply closet. In that class I first started making vessels.

The shape of cooling towers, the coffee cup, the hand-made vessel - these things come together in my mind. I love the cast concrete surface of the cooling towers, and that's how I first turned to Hydrocal plaster. Each cup is cast from the sort of real cups one might find anywhere and are named after women I know, starting with the small espresso cup, Barbara, named for my high school art teacher.