Journey as Inspiration
For me the give and take of creating doesnt end after the vessel has been fired. How I relate to a particular vessel continues to be influenced by what I find there; the colors, textures, proportions, and how the user interacts with the vessel. When allowed to run free, inspiration may challenge my own preconceived ideas of why I make things the way I do.
For instance, people often wonder what prompted me to bind the lid to the body of my vessels. Originally, my vessels were much rounder, and had an arching horse-hair handle over the piece. As the vessels took on the new amphora shape, the arching handle became a visual conflict with the strong form. Lowering the handle until it touched the lid resolved the visual problem, but presented a conceptual problem. Upon close examination, I realized that I never intended my vessels to be used. Therefore, expressly denying use was directly in line with my pure intention.
Copyright 1998, all rights reserved.
Last revised June 5, 1999