Pots That Think Like Mountains

Large serving lidded bowls, tea bowls and teapots, and lobed bowls are among the forms traversing the table.  The pots serve bigger purposes than aestheticized forms- their purposes are equally a part of their identities. This use will hopefully spill into the next level of consciousness for the user, inviting users to take time to choose nourishing foods as eating is one part of the day we are unavoidably intimately interacting with the natural world daily.

The pots are made from either a local red clay or porcelain. Their surfaces are glazed or slipped with iron bearing treatments.  The materiality, both textures and surfaces invite touch, reminiscent of geologic striations. The utilitarian work is used for food like pedestals, contrasting the raw clay and glaze colors.

These iron surface treatments are a parameter for this body of work as an investigation into its materiality and versatility. Iron is a contaminant, iron-bearing is a source of richness and warmth, iron freckling is an innate behavior, iron is a thick dark syrup, or an amber honey, or a cool reflective metallic sheen. Iron is clear glowing water, it is responsible for reacting and flashing. Iron is a fine patina or feathered stony surface. It’s a tone of a rainbow all its own, and its variety of behavior and material response to atmosphere and other surrounding material is enigmatic. The material is also steel. It’s geological presence can be viewed over time in the cross-section carved by the Grand Canyon. It is also what makes our blood red, straw yellow, and broccoli green- a safe and beautiful source of many colors.

These pots are meant to take users on a walk in the park.  Their textures, like the bark of a tree, are a surface of a form that is self evident, rather than decorative. The objects conjure wilderness rather than a heavily human built environment. The forms and surfaces of these cups, plates, and bottles are complex not complicated much like abstractions of natural forms… ripples of built up snow, bark from trees, a shell, or prairie grass.

Like a park, these artifacts are a tailored snippet of the fabric that we think of as “wilderness,” inviting our senses to another space with other parameters and values.They are eclectic  and varied groupings- objects that spur our imagination and memory to question the sensory experience of a moment in an environment elsewhere.