Randolph Silver


The scarcity of oil has, at last, entered our national consciousness. Although it is polluting our air, heating our oceans, melting our icecaps, endangering our wildlife, convoluting our foreign policy and literally causing our extinction, we find its convenience alluring and almost impossible not to utilize! My artwork addresses the intersection of our fossil-fueled present where militarism, sustainability, industrialization, climate change and “progress” overlap. 

Constructed entirely of clay, these pieces of art are totems and mementos of a time and industry that must soon pass. They also reflect the militaristic means needed to secure our interests and perceived requirements for energy derived from fossil fuel. The interiors are conventionally glazed, the exteriors are coated in an iron patina. After application, my artwork is placed in the Northwest rain for a few months which accelerates the formation of authentic rust.


Category: Ceramics