On Chawans

I’m enthralled by glaze surfaces, the way that further levels of perception are hidden with each succeeding step of observation, the apparent first exterior gives way to explorations of more detail and other complexities. The way form meets my eyes and my hand perceives the weight distribution, the sound of the sintered ceramic, how does it resonate? I’m fascinated by beauty both in looks as in function, to me all these meets in the chawan. The chawan lets me drink and contemplate. These are objects that I can fashion with my own hands to my own desires and aesthetics. These are surfaces that I can research and pursue. All in order to be made aware of the intricacies of the relations between aesthetics of form, haptic and surfaces. As well as to enjoy in use and share as my perspective of beauty.

I’ve always been fascinated by the tea ceremony and the fascination has just grown stronger over the years. Making a ritual and cleaving a serene space out of the business of everyday life, it is a fashion I’m not about to give up on. I work from a desire to understand and utilize the chemistry of glazes to make something that might be both contemporary and classic in its expression. Creating objects of both artistic and functional value.