I make functional pots for an idyllic world. My work revolves around creating a happy tension, a suspension of disbelief, of what necessity is. The pots are often curious and indulgent, offering morsels through tempting means. Fragmented, familiar parts – a handle, lid, or spout – make up containers of intrigue in their quixotic details. The objects I create are clues for imaginary rituals of socializing or of idleness.
A soft fullness belies a tension in the flat planes that intersect the curves. Through the juxtaposition of supple and sharp lines, the pots gain posture, relative to the back of a chair while maintaining a fleshiness. The forms are daydreams of familiar feelings, of tactile nostalgia. Memories of soft, worn, warm rocks, or of a perfect interlocking.
Mimi McPartlan received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2012. Since graduation, she has assisted KleinReid in New York City, been a resident artist at ünstlerhaus Stadttöpferei Neumünster in Germany and appeared in Ceramic Monthly’s Undergraduate Showcase. Mimi is presently a resident artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA.