Glass and Ceramics | Class of 2020
My work is informed by neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to transform, changing its neural pathways by reacting to situations and experiences. This capacity enables development throughout life and encompasses many aspects of change from recovery from injury to haptic feedback – development brought about through working with the hands.
In my work this theory is metaphorically linked to the internal change caused by growth happening within a tree. This growth starts internally, the resulting expansion pushing out the hard exterior of the bark creating cracks. These cracks can often be misinterpreted as damage but are visual evidence of growth and development. It is this unseen link of transformation within the brain and the visual qualities of the tree bark that have captured my imagination.
Small scale experiments with porcelain have taken inspiration from common shapes found both within tree bark and within the brain. By creating geometric and curvaceous forms my aim is to further highlight the theoretical links in these associated transformations.
The act of making plays a key role in my work as I consider my own development through working with my hands. There is a linked transformation that takes place materially as raw material is developed into finished object through refining technique. Using porcelain allows a clear background to explore smoke firing techniques and highlights the transformative qualities of material, process and idea.