March 19, 2011 - November 2, 2011
Philadelphia area artist Leora Brecher began her career as a ceramicist making functional pottery. While working with clay for more than 2 decades, her work has slowly evolved into purely sculptural abstract vessels. Today, Brecher’s ceramic art is recognized for its white clay body that appears stone and shell-like in form and surface finish. The hollow organic forms, although defined and purposefully articulated, seem to have been shaped by forces of nature. They often feature repetitive rippled segments as if each object has grown incrementally. Many appear to be twisting, yet the implied motion is simultaneously bound and static because of the inert, hardened material. Brecher describes her ceramic work as a journey. She has said, “Each piece is built in stages, coil by coil. I re-evaluate the energy and the movement as it takes shape.” In keeping with the organic quality of the work, instead of using glaze, she hand-burnishes the forms to achieve a smooth, bone finish. And although she allows her work to “grow and become what they want to become,” it is Brecher’s distinctive aesthetic that has ultimately nurtured each form.