Functionality (aka FUNctionality) is important to me. Each time I create an item out of clay I think about how it can be utilized. Sure, I want it to look ‘mahvelous’, but how it will be used, where it will be used and reused over and over, is key. Sometimes I’ll tweak a design years later to increase its usefulness.
As an artist, I’m often swayed by ideas from a purely visual standpoint. And then, the thought, “what can this be used for” will creep into my creative process. Because the medium I use is clay, my natural inclination is to create a vessel that has some sort of purpose. One of my longterm goals is to ditch this absolute requirement and explore more artistic ways to use clay to just create art.
I’ve played a little with this concept from time to time; as I think about it more and more, I’ll be looking for new ways to express my creativity, using clay without any particular function in mind other than visual pleasure. I often buy art purely because it makes me feel good. Now, I’d like to make that kind of art too. What do you think? Do you have any ideas for me? I value your feedback. Click here or the photo above to send me a message!