Pamela Gross: Belted Walkabout Jeans #4 (Walkabout Jeans Collection)
Belted Walkabout Jeans #4
Stoneware (slab-built) on ceramic heart-shaped base
4.5” x 2.5” base
Walkabout Jeans Collection
If I could live my life in blue jeans, I would be quite content. They represent everything practical, protective, casual, down to earth, comfortable, and comforting. I sometimes think that my well-worn pairs could take on a life of their own, and set out to explore the world.
This collection represents liberated denim pants, out on their own solo or group journeys. They are each individually built from stoneware, carved, glazed and fired, and then enamel highlights are added to the button and rivets, and to belt and buckle (if sporting a belt). A few have grown their own feet, some are weathered and torn, some stop to rest on stools or benches, some stand on their waist, and one is a true “flower child”.
The standing, non-inverted jeans can stand on their own, but a removable magnetic base is provided for increased stability. The inverted jeans require no base or stability assistance. The seated and lounging jeans have removable furniture upon which they rest, and others (squatting) need no furniture or base. Many can assume multiple realistic positions.
Get to Know the Central Texas Artist:
I have spent most of my life pursuing and using advanced degrees in the sciences, and now have spent the past few years developing the right side of my brain. I find it extremely satisfying to transform amorphous clay into all sorts of shapes and colors, some functional and some purely whimsical and decorative. The idea that these creations have the possibility of surviving for centuries is also surreal. I hope that other people who view my work will enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed creating them.