|Vasefinder Nationals 2010|
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Year of Creation: 2008
Glaze: Natural ash deposit from wood firing
Clay Body: Stoneware
Dimensions: Height 18 inches, Width 4 inches
Artist's Statement: The focus of my work is to put into form the tension between the rhythms of industrial society and the patterns of nature. Visual and aural rhythms dominate post-modern life. Yet my discovery that nature hides rhythms nearly as stark and monotonous as the machine has inspired me to combine the pulse of industry with the subtlety, variety, and rhythm of nature. My inspiration comes from the patterns of nature-the logarithmic chambers of a nautilus, the telescoping sections of a bamboo stalk or a branch, the veins of a leaf, the relentless surge of a pulsar.
Formally, this comes to me as a tension between the figurative and the mechanical, the organic and the geometric, the natural and the machined. As I work out this idea in form, the vessel has been a source of tradition and my metaphorical connection to the human figure while the pure geometries of machines connect my work with industrial rhythms. To combine the mechanical and the natural into an interesting, meaningful, and beautiful object remains the purpose of my work.
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