Hanging Dead Project II, 18 in. (46 cm) in height, slip-cast porcelain, fired to cone 6, with China paint and lusters fired to cone 018, branches fired to cone 10 in oxidation, and tails made of cut paper, 2010.

Hanging Dead Project II, 18 in. (46 cm) in height, slip-cast porcelain, fired to cone 6, with China paint and lusters fired to cone 018, branches fired to cone 10 in oxidation, and tails made of cut paper, 2010.

 

Illuminated Tumblers, 5¼ in. (13 cm) in height, slip-cast porcelain with screen-printed underglaze, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, with China paint fired to cone 018, 2009.

Illuminated Tumblers, 5¼ in. (13 cm) in height, slip-cast porcelain with screen-printed underglaze, fired to cone 6 in oxidation, with China paint fired to cone 018, 2009.

CM: Can you talk a little bit about the collaborative nature of this work? How has it drawn from each of your individual works, and has it affected that work in return?

 

GMD/KP: In the past two years, we have increasingly been invited to do more site-specific work, letting us brainstorm together outside of our studio world. This allows us to come into a space without any preconceived ideas of what to make, solve problems together, and rely on the other’s strengths. We work in a state of constant critique, not only telling each other yes and building from nothing, but also telling each other no, and what we don’t want to see.

 

The more pieces we began working on together, the more apparent it became that our skills and tendencies could be pushed to form something that neither of us could make alone. In our individual studio work, we both see how our collaboration has influenced the way we approach our own pieces.

 

KP: I feel that I am able to develop and push what is truly mine, and take that to a new level. I have started to deal with form more, and crave sturdy objects as a place to hold my ornamentation. Even with my cut paper pieces, I now use the paper to build three-dimensional objects, rather than using it as an additional layer or a flat punch of color.

 

GMD: I am dealing with color a lot more, which I have not dealt with much in the past. I have a different way of approaching pattern than Katie, but it has started to become something I want for my objects.

 


The 2011 Emerging Artists are featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s May 2011 issue.
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