Mark Chatterley – Fairy Circle
High Fired Clay and Crater Glaze
The seven figures that make up Fairy Circle are made of fired clay. At first all the ladies seem to be alike but each has subtle differences. The sculptor often creates groups of figures and is interested in how the figures relate to each other. Michigan sculptor Chatterley is noted for the unusual CRATER glaze he uses on his sculptures. The blue-green glaze with its rough surface has become his trademark. A crater glaze bubbles and boils while it is in the kiln. The surface of the sculpture reflects that process. The artist built a special kiln large enough to accommodate each full-size figure.
This sculpture, donated by the artist, is part of the Permanent Collection of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.