by: Maja Padrov
Inspired by functional pottery and domestic objects, my recent work consists of either individual pieces or installation of spouted pouring vessels of different shapes. I make simple objects and join or alter them in ludic, illogical, theatrical compositions that produce unexpected visual displays of a familiar object or its parts. I often change the method of making, proportions and appearance of elements, so the function, if it exists, is not always apparent. The function is sometimes emphasized and sometimes concealed, aiming for intuitive connections. I am engaging in a dialog with the existing vernacular of utilitarian shapes, suggesting that function might follow the form. I like to combine parts that are challenging to assemble and often try to push the material to do what is not naturally inclined to do.
Research in glaze chemistry is another aspect of my work. The complexity of materials that come from the earth, like feldspars, minerals, metal oxides, when mixed in different proportions, exposed to the transformative power of fire, leads to unpredictable results that could range from beauty to disaster. I have been working with volatile and unpredictable ceramic materials in glazes, trying to achieve lava and lichen like surfaces, or produce a trompe l’oeil effect of wrought iron or stone.
This piece is a spouted pouring vessel based on a teapot form, wheel thrown with extruded and hand built details, fired multiple times in oxidation atmosphere, with different slips and glazes.