Saturday, March 13, 2010
RECENT THROWN CERAMICS
Some examples of recent wheel-thrown pieces. I am currently experiencing a strong attraction to re-connecting with the directness of throwing on the wheel, and the satisfaction of making a utilitarian object. The intimacy of the cup which is made by hand and then ultimately held by another human hand, and indeed will touch the lips of another human, invites a sense of interconnectedness which I find most meaningful.
In the past year I have purchased coffee mugs by the British potters Chris Keenan - www.chriskeenan.com - and Matthew Blakely - www.matthewblakely.co.uk - which I use and enjoy daily. I also use the irregular and freely formed mugs of the German potter Johannes Peters - www.johannespeters.de
In particular the latter's signature style has inspired me to experiment with spontaneity of forming and of surface decoration. Formal elements of Russian constructivism and Suprematism which I have applied in earlier work are now taking on a far more 'abstract expressionist' feel...watch this page for future creations!