The current ceramic sculpture by Gayle Fichtinger is informed by the micro/macro worlds found in New England forests and Chinese scholar stones. She collects mossy tree stump pieces, assembles them into landscapes on clay bases then sculpts these models in realistic detail. Surfaces become fields of texture through mark making and the terracotta clay is fired without glaze for its color and to be closer to its natural state. In the gallery space she sets up landscape environments using sculptural groupings. Her work is meant for contemplation.
Ceramic sculptor Gayle Fichtinger is a Professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia. She holds an M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University in Tempe and a B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her works are included in numerous private collections as well as the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona State University Art Museum, Danforth Museum of Art, Erie Art Museum, Racine Art Museum, DeCordova Museum, the Czech Ceramic Design Agency, and the Savannah College of Art And Design. Articles and reviews of her work have been published in Ceramics: Art and Perception, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and The Boston Globe. Her work has recently been included in Marvin Sweet’s book, The Yixing Effect: Echoes of the Chinese Scholar published by the Foreign Languages Press, Beijing, China, 2006.