A stone wall enshrined with a stoneware relief mural called Lady Clove lies at the base of Platt Clove, a deep, mysterious ravine in the Catskill Mountains. With a warm smile, she welcomes and beckons a safe return for hikers and cars traveling a narrow, two-lane road. It climbs along the Clove's north wall to a region of cliffs and waterfalls with exceedingly complex and dangerous trails in an area known as Devil's Kitchen.
The mural is hand-carved from stoneware clays and fired at 2300 Fahrenheit with glazes containing bright metallic oxide colors.
The viewer of this free-standing clay sculpture is drawn into the narrative of Beowulf as depicted in novelist John Gardner's Grendel, the retelling of an ancient English poem.
Pictured, the sculpture of Beowulf is the guardian of myths and the realm of dreams.
Approximately 20 feet behind the Beowulf sculpture resides Dragon, a stoneware ceramic art wall relief mural cemented into a stone wall.
In the novel Grendel by John Gardner, Grendel, facing the duality of good and evil, finds himself turning to Dragon, an ancient wise beast, for advice.
Dragon, possibly a fantastic notion of Grendel's imagination, guards an enormous treasure and tells Grendel to "seek out gold and sit on it."
Our Red Dragon relief mural and the Beouwolf free-standing sculpture are the treasure, giving form to the creatures that lived in dreams.
Ceramic Artists Fred, Laurel, and Salt Kiln 1971
P.O. Box 628 Catskill NY 12414
Tel: 1 845 246 0282
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