With the current body of work that I am producing I am interested in exploring functional pottery because of the close proximity between (the) user and object. Through use and display, pots will impart meaning that will change during the user’s relationship with the work. The objects we interact with on a daily basis can conjure experiences in our lives often becoming an article of sentiment. I am attracted to a repertoire of pots that I would use on a daily basis: cups, bowls, pitchers, vases, and Jars. These objects are inspired by the way in which architecture and nature interact with one another. I intend to exploit the beauty of ceramic materials as a means to draw comparisons to these ideas without replicating them directly. With process I am interested in using a variety of forming techniques such as wheel throwing, hand-building, slip-casting in conjunction with 3d modeling to create and design work. Often times I utilize these techniques within the same piece as a means to play with and blur the concepts and associations to individuality and mass production. Through my work I want to construct a new form language that is supported and inspired through historic examples. I like finding a balance within my work where the evidence of the “hand” is at times present and other times fleeting yet all of the pieces speak of one of the potters greatest strengths…uniqueness from one object to the next.
— Paul Donnelly