Returning to America, Silverman received his Master of Fine Arts from Alfred University and embarked on a career in ceramic exploration that has spanned 30 years.
“With an intimate understanding of the medium and its process, I tend to think of solutions that are idiosyncratic to the material.” Working out of his Brooklyn studio, Silverman established Alsio Design, named for the components of clay-alumina, silica and oxygen.
Braille tiles celebrate poetry and color. A proposal for the MTA subway integrated Morse code translations of the approximate 180 nationalities that live in Queens. The floor tile merged stories of immigrants translated in Braille. Silverman mandated tiles for the vaulted ceiling similar to Spanish architect Rafael Gustavino’s patented technique. The purpose of this rich and tactile design was to celebrate the immigrant population that uses the subway daily. Braille and Morse code are two visual interpretations of language added to the multiplicity of native dialects spoken by commuters. Amidst this mecca of culture and narrative, Silverman still seems intent on understanding our connections to place. His ceramic tiles, elevated to artistry, provide the patterns.
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