My works are constantly changing as I slowly develop and alter my style. However, when my pieces are observed in a vacuum of a few days or at most a week, obvious similarities can be observed. The similarities go well beyond the observation that my vessels are all “large forms” (a terribly meaningless term that is flippantly thrown around in the ceramic dialogue). The through-lines extend themselves to shape, size, texture, and much more. These three lovely pieces were thrown on different days using different batches of clay over the span of a week or so. I was not even aware of their similarities until I stepped back to observe some of my drying work. The only thing in the making process that ties them together is me. Excelling in art, I believe more than other fields, often means unconscious decisions outweighing conscious ones both in frequency and importance. It is impossible to stay purely focused throughout the making process so artists often fall back on their auto-pilot. Learning to trust in this auto-pilot is, I think, one of the most difficult and important aspects of ceramics and art in general. Relinquishing control to your subconscious is no easy task and requires a healthy dose of skill and confidence. I had this grand epiphany about control about 9 months ago and it seems like it’s paying dividends. My cell service has been rather suboptimal in Korea so I took the opportunity to “unplug” for a bit, hence the time gap since my last post. I’ve been staying busy in the studio in the meantime though!
I am in love with this vase. It’s a Bauhaus Vase by designed by Marguerite Friedlaender for KPM Berlin, 1930s. When I saw it I had to have it. She was the first woman who earned the Master Potter certification in Germany. She was a Bauhaus trained artist and forced to immigrate to the US in 1940 when the Nazis came to power as she was of Jewish ancestry. She was an amazing potter and artist. #bauhaus#vase#kpmporcelain#MargueriteFriedlaender
Ich weiß, ich weiß.... es hat so lange gedauert, bis ihr hier wieder etwas zum Herbst von mir hört 🍂 Aber ich habe auch gute Ausreden gehabt, warum ich mir ein wenig #detoxoffline verordnet habe... Jetzt aber wirklich #EinTusch, die Herbstsaison ist da und mit ihr direkt wieder 30 Grad 🤔, müssen da etwa doch wieder die Sommerblumen rausgeholt werden? Ich sage euch, ich bin diese Saison ein großer Fan von Schlichtheit und #WenigerIstMehr (was auf die Weihnachtsdeko wahrscheinlich nicht zutreffen wird 🤭) ... ich wünsche euch eine tolle Lunchtime, Freunde der Sonne ☀️
Looking back through some old photos and realizing that all of these vases have found new homes. One each in Massachusetts, Carbondale, Houston, and Denver. Thinking about where pots are and what purpose they’re now serving is one of my favorite things to do.