I am a Scottish potter working with porcelain on the wheel, making tableware and functional pieces. I am a recent graduate of CSAD where I studied ceramics for 3 years, now establishing a studio in the Scottish Borders.
Our natural tendency is to find meaning within everything. Even function is an explicit exploration of human connection, with values uncovered through use. We look for and are drawn to a vessel's more arcane details, then make wider connections between the object and our existence.
Objects with such a powerful sense of the familiar are archetypes from our collective existence. Yet for a potter they sit in a mid-space between the domestic; synonymous with use, and a drive to redefine our daily experience.
The role of art is to condition this more enquiring state of mind but if too self-conscious, can end up saying very little at all.