Clay materials inherently record their history. Chemical compositions trace the history of clay in space, while physical attributes can recognize the maker’s touch. By choosing clay compositions and working with them in ways that promote this recognition of touch, I can interact with the naturality of the materials and evoke memories that are recollections of the making process. These memories are further evoked and evolved through the firing stages. The material compositions that I use are reactive to both the touch of the maker, as well as to the atmosphere in which the vessels are fired. As the kiln is fired, material and fire interact, allowing for the atmosphere to be imprinted onto the surface of the vessels, recording this dialogue as a painting of memories.
I am interested in how this dialogue of process, material, and self can be further evolved through the influence of the user. With everyday use, I believe that past memories are recognized, all while the user forms their own memories with the vessels. These memories accumulate and form a relationship between vessel and user. Because of this, vessels are constantly changing, creating an accumulative experience and heightening the quality of life through thought-provoking reflection.
— Casey Beck