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Allison Flores

Medium: Ceramic

Description:  Handmade functional ceramics that make every day special

As a studio potter, I create functional ceramic ware with the intention of daily use and as a means of developing relationships. Handmade objects serve the maker through a sense of satisfaction at creating something from nothing. They serve the user by facilitating a function: drinking from a cup, eating from a bowl, and so on. But they also serve the world by creating a relationship between the user and the maker; forming bonds that are becoming more and more important as technology creates easier ways for us to become removed from one another. I throw each piece on the wheel and then decorate it either by adding clay or taking it away. Carving into clay is tactile and joyful as it allows me to explore pattern, texture, and intuitive mark-making layered under various glazes. When adding clay, I use sprigs sometimes sparingly, and often covering an entire pot. The sprigs are like clay buttons, created from molds I make from jewelry and found objects. This work began with my late Grandmother’s costume jewelry and has continued to be a way that I can honor her legacy and our connection through clay. The slow and deliberate persistence of nature inspires me to create beautiful objects that are the antithesis of mass production. I want the energy I give to each piece to translate to the user and enrich their experience. I take care to consider form and weight as it translates to comfortability and ease of use. When you find a piece you connect to, much like an old friend, you will reach for it again and again. My pots are a celebration of life and a call to use objects each day that are meaningful and bring us joy.

Allison Flores

Medium: Ceramic

Description:  Handmade functional ceramics that make every day special

As a studio potter, I create functional ceramic ware with the intention of daily use and as a means of developing relationships. Handmade objects serve the maker through a sense of satisfaction at creating something from nothing. They serve the user by facilitating a function: drinking from a cup, eating from a bowl, and so on. But they also serve the world by creating a relationship between the user and the maker; forming bonds that are becoming more and more important as technology creates easier ways for us to become removed from one another. I throw each piece on the wheel and then decorate it either by adding clay or taking it away. Carving into clay is tactile and joyful as it allows me to explore pattern, texture, and intuitive mark-making layered under various glazes. When adding clay, I use sprigs sometimes sparingly, and often covering an entire pot. The sprigs are like clay buttons, created from molds I make from jewelry and found objects. This work began with my late Grandmother’s costume jewelry and has continued to be a way that I can honor her legacy and our connection through clay. The slow and deliberate persistence of nature inspires me to create beautiful objects that are the antithesis of mass production. I want the energy I give to each piece to translate to the user and enrich their experience. I take care to consider form and weight as it translates to comfortability and ease of use. When you find a piece you connect to, much like an old friend, you will reach for it again and again. My pots are a celebration of life and a call to use objects each day that are meaningful and bring us joy.

Tour Location: Colt Gateway - Weekend #1

Website: www.allisonflores.com

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