Bill Dale returns to creating pottery after a long hiatus during which he pursued, as he observes, “other loves and necessities.” Dale hails from Asheville, North Carolina, and was educated at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina and Yale University. After moving to Nashville in 1976, he has exhibited in multiple shows and galleries, and has works in many public and private collections including the Tennessee State Museum and the Parthenon.
From the beginning, Bill Dale has been a handbuilder. His technique in creating these large classically-shaped clay pieces utilizes a method reminiscent of Nigerian, Egyptian, Japanese, Native American and other cultures. He constructs their full, round forms from coils, which are long ropes of clay attached one to another; then he paddles, smoothes, scrapes and sands them before the firing process.
Dale notes that “asymmetry is the constant companion of the handbuilder…This is the flirt and tease—the tension between what is and what might be. It is the subtle suggestion that the possibility of beauty lies somewhere between perfection and imperfection.” Dale’s pieces exemplify perfect imperfection. Each one is unique in material, finish and embellishment; but all share a muted, subtle and soothing aesthetic.