I am interested in the “everything-ness” of simple forms, and I explore the endless potential available within this focus. The nondescript, ambiguous forms that I create relate to my own ineffable experience as a human; they remind me that it’s ok to exist in the space of the indeterminate. My work is my way of understanding my presence as a physical body and its relationship to invisible forces.
My forms are combined with an experimental, alchemical approach to melting raw materials together in the kiln. I push the boundaries between glaze, clay, and how a ceramic object should be “finished”. I often contrast durable and impermanent materials in my installations and sculptures; one is everlasting and the other is temporary. I hope to grasp how the intangible and empirical can exist in the same space, giving respect and credence to each other, while still maintaining their autonomy.
— Elaine Buss