Vasefinder International 2011
Exhibitor 12

Tom Coleman

Henderson, Nevada, USA

Title: Thrown & Altered Art Deco Vase

Year of Creation: 2009

Glaze: Coleman Crystal Matt Glazes

Clay Body: Coleman Porcelain

Dimensions: Height 14 inches, Width 8 inches

Artist's Statement: I' have been writing artist statements for many years and for the most part I find that experience much like a self-message. Recently when asked to repeat this task someone said just tell us what you're about, what do you believe in? It didn't take me long to think about this since I talk about it in every workshop I give. First and most, I believe one must have a true love of the medium. Second I believe in quality, the highest one can achieve to their ability. Third, since I was trained in the classic Japanese tradition I think that pure form, composition and balance must be learned before one can attempt such things as sculptural or a-symmetrical pieces.

Starting off as a functional potter with a degree in fine art helped me advance to the position I am in today. Money helps pay the bills but it can't be the sole reason one becomes involved with any art form. My true love of clay, glazes, and the process of finishing my pieces have helped me to stay just as excited about my art as I was when I started thirty-eight years ago.

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