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After spending several years honing my craft at making pottery, I took a more sculptural stance towards my working processes when I went to graduate school. I spent three years working on my MFA, and had ample opportunity to experiment. I relied heavily on using the potters wheel to generate all the forms I used for my work. The result of this was to impart a strong industrial flavor to the pottery forms I made. Twisted plumbing and gears came to supplant the softer curves normally relied on in traditional pottery. Now everything looked more roughly welded and soldered to arrive at the darker ware I would glaze with equally rough and dry textures.
It was actually a lot of fun
but that did not quite come through in the finished work. It was not until later on that I gave up on relying on glazing altogether, and used sign-painters enamel paints, to markedly brighten my color palette. Today this same industrial aesthetic still dominates, but with a bright festoon of colors that makes one recall childrens playground equipment.
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