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2005

This series of thrown vessels is an investigation of form, solid, and void. Playing with the expressive quality of clay, the vessels are alternately sturdy and fragile. Looser pieces are thrown off the hump to capture the spinning gesture of the wheel, then are deconstructed and recombined into new forms.

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Images of final project in vessel series. Intended to have a grotesque and playful quality, it has multiple spouts that prevent it from holding much of anything. The purple-gray glaze creates a fleshy, skinlike texture, while the yellow glaze has a more rough, bright surface quality.
Detail views of final project. Piece is an assemblage of smaller pieces.
Detail view of lowest spout of final project.
Studies of reassembling: thrown pieces are cut, recombined, and folded.
This teapot was inspired by Japanese teapots where handle has a stong connection to the liquid-holding part of the container. The water vessel at right derives its shape from a half-circle shape being projected through a cylinder.
Series investigation of handles. Yellow pitcher is produced by folding and cutting. The green bowl has a tube attached that functions alternately as handle or spout. Brown vessel has dual spouts for a bifurcated pour.
At left, another view of the study of vessels and handles. At right, a series of loosely thrown bowls with rounded bottoms. Thrown off the hump with the clay as thin as possible, the shapes are created by the structural failure of the clay.
Overhead view of various vessels.