The vessel form, both diverse and abstract in its meaning, serves as an intermediary object between humans and our surroundings. They are integral to our relationship with the landscape, ourselves and other living creatures. They reflect the ideologies and beliefs of their maker through their material presence and intended use.
My incentive to work with clay is rooted in a feeling connection to the material, whose sovereignty and character intend to honor. Each stage of its transformation offers a new opportunity for physical expression. When the clay is moist and workable, I inflate the form, capturing its soft and yielding nature. As it dries and stiffens, the planes and edges are crisped and leveled. While forms speak to function, they claim an excessively voluminous and sculptural presence. The method of hollow construction affords this visual illusion of an impossibly thick ceramic object.
Wood firing serves as a tool for mark-making, enhancing my surfaces in a quiet yet dynamic way. The palette yielded from down firing has the potential to offer a color range that exudes both coolness and warmth. While the materials are set in motion by my intention, the results are a record of an event that honors their elemental behavior.
Within this cycle of forming and firing, there is space to be continually introspective about my process, materials, and environment. I assess the quality of my results through the balance and subtlety of an array visual contradictions related to the piece's material and conceptual nature. If I am successful, the object will morph beyond binary definitions and enter liminal space, fostering a nuanced and inclusive dialogue through its display and use.