The recent sculptures are inspired by a physical form, usually something that is both functional and decorative. Recurring shapes include knots, braids, combs and scribbles; items that are usually produced quickly in large quantities, used to hold things together, to groom, to organize, and contain pattern or repetition.
Each sculpture begins as a drawing, rendering the object flat and simplifying the form to line and negative space. Next I use clay coils to build a three dimensional version of the drawing, resulting in an approximation of the original object but translated through a process that simplifies, reinvents and abstracts. The final step is glazing the ceramic form. I use glazes with variant textures that can cover up or exaggerate the finger marks in the clay in turn, and often mix together to create unexpected results. Through the lengthy process of constructing, glazing and firing, I create permanent monuments for the casual and insignificant.
— Julia Haft-Candell