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.

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