James Aarons

Artist Statement

I am a reformed modern dancer and ceramic artist who moonlights as a bread baker and yoga teacher. Clay, bread and yoga share the necessity of exploring space in combination with earthy materials. Plus heat. As if by a gentle stroke of magic, each discipline transforms the ordinary (clay, flour and body) into the extraordinary (vividly colored stony forms, deliciously fermented food and limber consciousness). Whether it's making a drawing of a line or articulating a direction in space, the quality of the movement that creates the mark or gesture is what informs my work most.

My current ceramic work is an exploration of space, both in time and place. Urban environments, their pathways and the light glinting off of structures play an important role in the concept of my abstract pieces. I think of the overall designs as constructions of vectors, building up in three dimensions or laying flat in two. Just like a city, my work is a place in motion and a place to move within.

Conversely, new explorations take me on a journey of time travel. Anonymous photographs haunt my imagination and form the backbone of my newest work. When something as temporal as paper is recast as a thin sheet of porcelain, it takes on the perception of permanence. But slip and it will shatter into splinters of cold, sharp dust.

As for the business of bread, Flour Arrangement is a budding enterprise serving the hungry mouths of local fans in Mokelumne Hill, CA.

Teaching yoga rounds out my professional life with public classes in Jackson and Sutter Creek, CA along with a small private practice for students interested in individual care and attention. I am currently working toward an advanced teacher certification with a focus on alignment and sensible body health.

-- James Aarons