Current Location:
Lake Huron Hall -> 1st Floor (LHH)
Location Notes:
LHH; 1st Floor; Across from Elevator; Near Room 101

Ravine Clay Bottle #4

Artwork
Identifier:
2009.105.4
Artist:
Meghan Kelly
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Clay and Wood
Date:
2009
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 6.5 in Width: 2.5 in Depth: 2.5 in
Description:
Small cylindrical bottle with a small opening and tall body. Yellow in color, has glaze on the inside only. Topper is made of untreated wood.
Historical Context:
The clay for these bottles came from the ravine that flows in and around the GVSU Allendale Campus. Artist Meghan Kelly descended into the ravine to find a deposit clay, bright green in color from an abundance of vegetation and tannic acid. For Kelly, the act of finding and working with local deposits of clay is part of her process to feel closer to her piece, and more connected to the earth and her natural surroundings. Pertaining to her process she states; “I believe in earth's natural cycles. My inspiration comes from exploring the relationship between the natural world and the man-made. Within the observable patterns of life and death I find truth and consistency. Even while cities grow and change, industries develop and climb, wars rage and destroy, I'm comforted by nature's steady heartbeat.”