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Nicholas Bivins, Emerging Artist 2010

Posted By Ceramics Monthly On April 19, 2010 @ 9:45 am In Ceramic Artists,Ceramics Monthly,Daily | 1 Comment

 

Water (4), 11 in. (28 cm) in length, slip-cast porcelain, fired to cone 7 in oxidation, decals, 2010.

Nicholas Bivins  Red Lodge, Montana

 

I make utilitarian pottery using a precise, clean, and efficient geometric language as I maintain an obsessive interest in looking for a personal definition of perfectly handmade. It is this fascination that propels me to practice my craft every day while continually searching for a satisfying balance of how much evidence of hand I put in, and how much hand I take out.

 

Covered jars (5), 9 in. (23 cm) in height (largest), slip-cast porcelain, fired to cone 7 in oxidation, decals, 2010.

Covered jars (5), 9 in. (23 cm) in height (largest), slip-cast porcelain, fired to cone 7 in oxidation, decals, 2010.

I am curious how functional pots continue to retain relevance in our contemporary society not only from elemental necessities of use and food service, but due to our indispensable need for connections to expressive thought. Being a studio potter provides me an opportunity to invent individual functional ceramic ware which will improve users’ lives by satisfying needs for objects surrounding them to have emotional, imaginative, and personal relationships to one maker.


 


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