Nebula, 10 in. (25 cm) in height, raku fired, 2009.
Cinched, 14 in. (33 cm) in height, wood-fired stoneware, 2009.
As a child I spent a lot of my time exploring the woods that were right in my backyard, which is why I have always been drawn to the organic beauty of nature. By looking at the world around us, we can begin to see how some objects have been affected by imperfections. Many trees, plants, and animals have evolved because of mutations that proved beneficial.
Evolution and the theory of natural selection have shaped our planet from a few organisms into many life forms. My work has always been about our surroundings and the different abnormalities that occur within nature, sometimes grotesque and sometimes beautiful. With these latest pieces, I am portraying objects that look as if they are natural entities that have evolved from trees into unusual organic forms.
Instructor: Robert Wood, Professor
This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s “2009 Undergraduate Showcase” feature, which appeared in the September 2009 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!