Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023
The motivation behind this project is to bring nature into the home. I experimented with natural textures and natural objects, finding the best way to incorporate them into a functional ceramic piece. I would like to promote bringing natural elements into the home, such as functional pieces or as natural elements added to functional pieces. My functional ceramic pieces are based on forest elements that encourage interaction and appreciation of nature. There is a secret element to these works as well. I utilized the trompe l’oeil technique, which is an artform that uses an optical illusion to create realistic imagery. Using the trompe l’oeil technique, I both under glazed and glazed the pieces to help achieve the desired glaze sheen. This technique helped ensure that the colors turned out as I intended. Utilizing different color underglazes and glazes helped to promote the appropriate glaze sheen. Appropriate glaze sheens could be matte, glossy, or something in-between.
My work, “Illuminated Death Cap” is an incense burner or tea light holder in the form of a Amanita phalloides (death cap) mushroom. The functional household object’s secret use, such as for a butter dish, a worry stone, or a light source are meant to replicate how nature nurtures our body and mind, but this use can only be discovered through deep exploration.