Seven Seed Pots
Color and light inspired me to cut through seven pre-formed ceramic pots. For decades I â€œcoveredâ€ pre-formed pots and made â€œmaximistâ€ vessels and containers. They were examples of a garden flourishing with life like my late summer garden in Warwick, NY. Often while gardening I observe the birds, bees and butterflies as well as the changing fauna. But lately I have been consumed by watching light and studying how light changes the garden. I cannot separate color and light. I enjoyed reading Goethe and his â€œTheory of Color.â€ I love looking at the light spectrum as I study the movement of color.
Ceramic glaze does something different from paint. Glass due to its translucent nature allows light to pass through it. The glass/glaze element added anticipation of what would happen as I cut through the skin of the vessel. I wanted to create a visual and physical passage in these objects, and see how color would change as the vessels were cut. The cutting allowed me to combine surface and three-dimensional â€œpush and pullâ€.
While cutting the forms I felt I was making seedpods. I wanted the outside of each form to be what I felt a seedpod is. When a seedpod is set in the right conditions, it germinates and the pod explodes with life. Slicing through clay mirrors the seedpodâ€™s explosion; the gesture of the glaze and color mirror the potential for growth. The end product or the flower â€˜wowsâ€™ bees, and the life cycle continues, thus, explaining the bees circling the ceramic pods.