Red Lodge Clay Center Long-Term Resident 2010-11
The objects I produce are results of experiments through which I am investigating ceramic
materials. I enjoy working in the multiple because it provides me with an overabundant
amount of objects to arrange and look at. I am interested in the variation from one object to
the next. It is not only the objects I make, but the ones I leave behind and the residue that I
am interested in: the marks left on the shelf; the way the water contains so much sulfur it
stains my molds yellow. The materials I chose to use are base iron, cobalt, and calcium.
They are not blends of elements built up to create compounds; there is a purity to these
elements. They are simple, uncontrived building blocks for color and structure. I am
interested in a standard and then the deviation from that standard by way of material
I’m looking toward the horizon, the thing that separates the top from the bottom and the
uncertainty of this line. The haze that covers it. The horizon can distort your perspective
making things appear larger, closer or further away depending on where you’re positioned
in relation to the thing. Objects are arranged on my shelves and are sometimes grouped by
color or phenomena. They sit and rest. I examine them closely looking for that fuzzy line
between them and then leave them alone, often coming back to them multiple times. As I
work I diverge and become interested in stages along the way and stopping to smell the
sulfur in the water. A crack becomes the Grand Canyon and a grain of sand a diamond.
The process often takes me further off the trail, but closer to an end. An end is temporary.
Eventually they will come full circle and they will be active again. Just as there is no better or
worse, there is no beginning or end, just responding and reacting.
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- Ray Gun
- Ray Gun
- Ray Gun