Coffee service set, 16 in. (41 cm) in length, thrown and altered porcelain, soda fired to cone 10; handbuilt stoneware with flashing slip, soda fired to cone 6.
Coffee service set, 16 in. (41 cm) in length, thrown and altered porcelain, soda fired to cone 10; handbuilt stoneware with flashing slip, soda fired to cone 6.

Matthew McGovern  Cedar, Michigan

 

I am drawn in by the details of a form that allude to the story of its creation: fingerprints, dents, the rhythm and pattern of articulated slip trailing and of the impressions of different tools. . . . I do not seek to hide my process, but to embrace and extol it, capturing the texture of change.It is not my intention for these objects to enlighten the user, rather it is my hope that my work will inspire people to take the time to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or whiskey, or a home-cooked meal, encouraging moments of personal or shared reflection. In a world increasingly full of anxiety and fear, and an age when we move at a super-charged technological pace that leaves us little time for ourselves, I believe that beautiful handmade objects that promote spending time either alone, with family, or with friends are crucial to our spiritual well-being. 

Four vases, to 13 in. (33 cm) in height, thrown and altered porcelain, soda fired to cone 10.

Four vases, to 13 in. (33 cm) in height, thrown and altered porcelain, soda fired to cone 10.

Metaphorically, the stand or box creates a home for the work, and suggests a sense of belonging that reflects the universal human desire for belonging and a home. . . . By giving my pots a home within the home, I am offering people both altar and ritual, a site of reflection and meditation as well as a set of process-inflected pots that celebrate all of the content imbued in handmade functional work.



This Emerging Artists 2010 article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s May 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!


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