The Infancy Gospel
Stoneware clay, 12" wide, wheel thrown with sculpted and cast birds, with shadows made from outlines of his granddaughters hands. Fired in reduction to 2350F.
Artist Statement: The Infancy Gospel of Thomas about the childhood of Jesus, which is believed to date to the 2nd century, details a story about the young Jesus who is playing by a stream and making small clay birds. Being it is the Sabbath, a neighbor complains that Jesus is playing, and calls to Mary and Joseph to take the child indoors. As he is called in, he gives life to his twelve birds, and they fly away… astounding the neighbors. Some believe that this is a prediction of Jesus sending Disciples out to spread the Word of God.
bio: Halldor and Gail Hjalmarson live and maintain a clay art studio in the Roosevelt Historic District of central Phoenix, and they are members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where he completed his EFM course. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and active with their Ceramic Research Center; and is an active member of the clay community in Arizona.