From Utility to Sculpture
I have been perfecting the cylinder and its form, as well as handles. I have spent so much time on that stuff it’s crazy to think about. functional pottery will always be a part of me and I will always do it. but, my current direction heads into abstraction. I am no longer concerned about making ceramics useful, I want to create art, and the more I make, the more comfortable I am with taking clay to the next level, really taking advantage of its properties and making forms that bend and twist for no reason but aesthetics.
Here are a couple forms I am working on. I am going to carve into this large one. The finished product will be “holey”, much like the mockette in the next photo.
Here is another unfired form I am exploring. This started out as a tripod holding a sphere but I made the choice to combine the two forms. I haven’t quite hit the nail on the head yet but its soon to come.
And of course, a functional piece. Although I am interested in exploring abstract ideas I will never give up on functional work. I am stepping away from roundness though, and its exciting.
Now all I can do is pray the glazes work out on these forms.