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Dating back to the first wheezes of human civilization, clay has been with us for so long that it is, by its nature, excluded from the sexy media contemporary artists take up when addressing the messed-up human condition.The pieces in "The Eye above the Well" are of three types – porcelain works, smoke-fired stoneware (apparently the oldest way to bake clay) and stoneware-raku (a Japanese approach to hand-forming clay).Clearly these pieces were all formed by the same imagination – by the standards of conventional aesthetics and utility, all have an impractically unfinished quality about them. Yet the porcelain and stoneware pieces tend to provoke somewhat different readings. Several of the smoke-fired stoneware works, the ones on display in the shop-front vitrine to the left of Agial's entrance for instance, exude the same structural imperfections and creaking-in-their-skins quality as Khayat's porcelains.
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