Theo Uliano

Artist Statement

My work is always in transition.

I am currently exploring the vessel and plate form - with gestural curves and lumps and formed through naïve or clumsy building methods. The surfaces are pocked with expressive underglaze paintings, drawings, scratches, and other marks. My forms often change from functional to sculptural and the drawings flow from representational to abstract. The vessel and painting are the only constants through my disjointed working methods, tangled subject matter, and my inability to commit to one expressive format, be it utility or autonomy.

I use pottery and the vessel as a universal entry point to the ideas represented on the surfaces of my work. I choose to work with the vessel and in a craft material (clay) for its history and material iconography. The surface paintings can be simple narratives that are derived from my everyday life, or gestural and intuitive expressions of emotion and material.

The combination of naive illustrations, expressive mark making, gold and silver luster, and gooey glaze on the pots are used to make them trite, cliché or obnoxious. Some surfaces are cute and some sinister, some can be taken at face value and some are subversive. I want this representation of daily life and my experience to be complete with all of its fashions, failures, fractures, and fleeting anecdotes.

-- Theo Uliano


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