Topics for this weekly blog usually reflect life observations and clay studio experiences that bubble to the top of my awareness during the week. All of these experiences factor into my life and what I create in the studio. Feelings that are associated with art were front and center for me this week.
I talked to a potter friend, Lyndsay, during the week about her tearful response when she encountered some pots made by renowned ceramicist Warren McKenzie. She was caught off guard by this reaction but also understood the power of the moment. In the best of circumstances, art can provoke a gut reaction.
Then, I experienced my own emotional reaction when I went to an acoustical guitar performance at the Unitarian Congregation I attended when my children were small. Entering that space and listening to the music unlocked a surge of feelings. Fond memories of meaningful sermons, the recognition that time in my life has passed and the pure enjoyment of live music all flooded together.
What is it about art that can produce such visceral feelings? If you google “what makes art emotional?", there are lots of links to explore. Art is an expression of the maker that evokes a reaction. It doesn’t have to be complex. Art is really just another form of communication between people. Some artists may plot the intended reaction to their creations; I think most just want their art to make a connection with another person.
Over the years, as the pieces I make have evolved featuring bright colors, textured surfaces and organic shapes, my own artistic voice has become stronger. These clay vessels and structures are meant to communicate the joy I feel as I make them. I am having a blast in the studio and know I am lucky to experience this on a regular basis. That’s my emotional goal – to let the user in on the happiness I feel when they use a ClayByLaura piece in their daily lives.