"Absorption Castings"

Recent work by Jay Anderson


May 1, 2020 - October 20, 2020

Words from the artist about the process:

The "Absorption Castings"  are ceramics sculptures created by a very simple and almost comical method of submerging paper towel rolls into a bucket of liquid clay called slip. The drenched rolls are set out to dry for nearly a month after which they are bisque fired in a kiln, incinerating the paper within, leaving only a shell of the original form. These forms closely resemble ceramic vessels in size and shape but with a hole on both top and bottom, making them non-functional objects. 


The glazing procedure that follows is less straightforward. This process is more of a back and forth between artist and form. Many of the pieces appear to be glazed white but with a closer look, they can be seen to have delicate crazing lines that are often accented with a wash of Sumi ink, which is commonly used in Japanese ceramics. Other pieces are glazed with bright colors that are multi-layered, often undergoing several kiln firings. 

The pieces are intended to pose a simple challenge to the viewer: think about conflicting expectations.


Consider the relationship between functional objects and non-functional objects. Consider the perception of value and durability, or playfulness and the importance of visual simplicity or visual complexity in an object. Think about how these things relate to one another, complement one another or coexist

The gallery at Foundry Vineyards opened in 2010 and has been fortunate to exhibit artists such as Deborah Butterfield, Ai Weiwei, Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, Matthew Day Jackson, Rob Pruitt, James Lavadour, and more. In the gallery, we aim to exhibit a diverse group of established artists, mediums, and concepts predominantly in the vein of contemporary art. 

The gallery hosts quarterly exhibits. Though the dates are subject to change, art openings typically occur in February, May, August, and November and are co-curated by owners Lisa & Jay Anderson. The Foundry Vineyards gallery is not open for artist inquiries, however the Andersons believe strongly in collaborations and are open to ideas from art and humanities focused organizations. 

Foundry Vineyards cog logo

© 2019 Foundry Vineyards

"Absorption Castings"

Recent works by Jay Anderson