John Dorinsky was born in New Kensington, PA,
and attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received an MA in
1986. He also studied Art History in Italy at the University of Florence.
His work has been shown throughout the United States, and in 2003 he
received the Abraham C. Frank Memorial Award at the 93rd annual exhibition
of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. His drawings and Raku pieces were
included in a 2004 show at the Pittsburgh Society of Contemporary Craft,
held in conjunction with an IASD regional conference.
Raku firing is like trying to capture a
dream. The artist must gaze vigilantly through onrushing billows of smoke.
He awaits the decisive moment to yank the ware from the blackening
shadows. Upon awakening, the dreamer scurries to seize fugitive images
with paper and pen before they dart from conscious memory. Dreams and Raku
plunge their practitioners into a universe that is accidental, chaotic,
unknown and momentary. They emerge from their trials, however, richly
rewarded by the surprise and delight of unforeseen revelations.
2005 IASD Dream Web Art
Conference for the International Association for the Study of
- 2005 -