Ceramic artist Paul Heroux’s work is in the collections of major museums including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Portland Museum of Art. And there have been more than 60 gallery exhibitions of his ceramics. Paul taught ceramics at Bates College for 29 years.
There are so many beautiful fountains and pools in Charleston that it’s quite a challenge to design a water feature for a public space in the City.
My two inspirations for the piece are the formal boxwood hedges I see around town and the wonderful green glazes used on old Italian tiles, jars and garden ornaments. Those original green glazes were used on earthenware forms. They cannot withstand the wear and freezing temperatures demanded of an outside pool. However, similar rich and complex glazes do exist today, and a few ceramicists like Chris Gustin use them to make tiles for architectural use.
I propose to create a tiled pool using Gustin’s tiles and glazes. A palette of various boxwood greens will cover the exterior of the piece, along with line work based on a cracked glaze and a veined leaf pattern that will come into view as one approaches the pool. The water-filled interior will have bits of colorful shapes on the bottom surface obscured by the water movement.
I envision a green sculptural form in a lush green garden. The top surface will provide a sitting space for relaxation and contemplation and a cool spot to be used by all.