Gail Altomare’s large sculptural
vessels fit comfortably within the corpus of Ancient,
Eastern, European and New World monumental ceramic art.
Their figural adorned shapes recall diverse periods
and styles of ceramic art including: Etruscan cinerary
urns, Pre-Columbian vessels, European Folk pottery,
19th century American ceramics from the Southern states
and contemporary new medium sculpture.
Altomare’s vessels are built with the labor intensive
coil and slab techniques. The vessels are then incised,
adorned with applied figural and abstract elements
and glazed. Her hand therefore plays a major role
in the look and ultimate appeal of the finished works.
Fish and marine motifs are predominant design elements
as the artist is a full time resident of Southampton,
New York. Her painterly glazed works capture the blues
of coastal skies and the soft greens of Long Island
Gail signs her works with her (Canadian) maiden name
“Miro” (pronounced my-row). Her vessels are one-of-a-kind
artworks that are lyrical, expressionistic and very
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