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Emerging Ceramic Artist to Watch: Clay Leonard, Bowling Green, Ohio
Posted By Ceramics Monthly On April 17, 2009 @ 2:33 pm In Ceramic Artists,Ceramics Monthly | 1 Comment
Server with stacked nesting plates,
Stacked rotary servers, each 11 in.
We live in an era where indirect forms of communication have become standard. Cell phones, internet messaging and e-mail have made face-to-face conversation seem like a distant memory. Through my ceramic vessels, I investigate the important ritual of sharing a meal. My ceramic vessels embody my interest in design, including the innovation of forms during production as well the aesthetic of display.
This body of work is my contribution to reintroducing the lost art of communication around the dinner table. Although my work draws formal inspiration from mass-produced objects, I strive to reclaim the directness of human interaction with the material.
Arranging the work in groupings references the table and the object’s domesticity. Through the presentation of these forms, I also reference where the work exists prior to display or use on the table. The stacking of these forms suggests the storage of these objects and reinforces the idea of humble production.
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