I spent two short and intense years studying the art of ceramics when I was in undergraduate school. In those two years I learned how to throw, hand build, fire, glaze, and design my own pottery. In between the time I spent painting, practicing piano and guitar, and studying, I lived in the ceramics studio. Unfortunately, I have not found the place, time, or money to practice ceramics outside of school. I worked for a year at a paint your own pottery shop where I got to paint pottery, but I haven't thrown since I left college. Despite this, my kitchen is full of dishes I made which add a wonderful new element to any meal I cook. Hopefully, I will return to the pottery studio in the future.
Below are images and the artist statement from my 2011 pottery show, Common Themes.
Common Themes Artist Statement
Ceramics is an art form that was developed many times by many different people. Cultures from almost every continent, time, and description discovered some way to use clay. I decided to research and experience this development in my senior project. To do so I chose three cultures, the Mimbres Native Americans, the early Greeks, and the Jomons from Japan, which were separated by land, sea, and time. Although in all probability these cultures never came in contact, through basic human curiosity and creativity they all developed similar techniques. Geometric designs and simplified organic forms are evident in the pots of all three cultures, showing a remarkable unity between separate entities. As I created my own pieces, inspired by the Mimbres, Greeks, and Jomons, I began to contemplate the idea of a fundamental human and artistic unity across cultural boundaries, one that connects not only all those who create pots, but all those who see and use them as well.