Gonzo Salmon

Blam Ceramics

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  • Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • Store The Good Supply Pemaquid Made in USA
  • $325.00

A little bit pop art and a little bit Frankenstein. This ceramic salmonid is sure to add a sense of playfulness and curiosity to any space. The bold eccentric circles and stitching details along his fins seem to have this fish a little perplexed by his appearance. We think he looks just great! Created by Benjamin Lambert of BLAM Ceramics who is inspired by what lies beneath the surface of the lakes and streams he frequents, rod and reel in hand.

- Measures 18" x  6" x 3.5"
- Ceramic
- Wire mount on back

Benjamin Lambert was born and raised near the Androscoggin River where he gained an appreciation for environmental stewardship. As an avid fisherman, his love for the outdoors is reflected in his subject matter. While attending Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine, Benjamin was taught by fellow ceramic (and Good Supply) artist Jonathan Mess.

In 2008, Benjamin received a B.F.A. with a concentration in ceramics from the University of Southern Maine. In 2010, he worked as a summer staff member at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. He later received an MFA in Ceramics and Sculpture in 2015 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Benjamin is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH where he teaches ceramics and sculpture and exhibits his work nationally.

From the Artist:

These fish are an exploratory aspect of my artistic practice. The ceramic process of glazing and surface application is often a mystery because of how much glaze materials can transform through the firing process. These fish provide me with a format that lets me play and experiment.

The forms are made similarly to an article of clothing. I trace handmade templates on flat sheets of clay and join the edges together to make fish "blanks" that I can then alter and apply anatomical, expressive, and imaginative information. The symbols and imagery that are carved into the soft clay are inspired by patterns and colors found on some of my favorite fish as well as patterns and textures found in human-created waste.

While it's common for sculptural ceramics to be fired many times to achieve the desired result, I limit myself to one bisque firing and one glaze firing. This limitation minimizes my potential energy footprint and makes me feel less conflicted about making environmentally-inspired works. It also challenges me to problem solve ways to achieve glaze surfaces that are as rich in color and texture as I can muster with fewer trips to the kiln. The surfaces that I discover through the process of making these fish greatly support how I decide to finish my larger, more time-consuming sculptures.

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