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Dimensions: 4" (height); 2" (diameter); 1.5" (base)

Artist Statement

Rhythmic forms and patterns with interior, exterior, and implied spatial relationships characterize my pots. These vessels invite a strong visual focus with a persuasive appeal to touch the silky porcelain glazed surface. The tactile sensuality of incised surface combines with historic form to create a shifting identity between utility and ornamentation. The swirling designs carved, incised, and pierced on my wheel thrown porcelain ceramics denote my continuing attraction to the rounded sensuous aesthetics of Art Nouveau design.

Choosing to concentrate on classic porcelain bowl and cup forms reflects my strong family orientation. Food and drink served in beautiful ceramic ware at family dinners creates affectionate, caring memories. Those time-honored, crafted utilitarian forms also function as decorative objects carrying beauty and family oriented nostalgia into living spaces. Placing my work firmly in this domestic environment emphasizes my continuing interest in basic ceramic shapes and compelling memories of family congeniality.

Fitting abstract or linear designs onto a ceramic bowl surface involves the production of a wheel thrown porcelain 3-D object, the transfer of a 2-D concept, and the use of carving techniques to transform the design into 3-D. In earlier bowls I pierce pieces as a design format, and in later vessels I combine piercing and carving to produce design emphasis and shadows. Altered rims echo or contrast with carved, incised designs. Glazing on my porcelain bowls and cups references past tradition using a pale celadon glaze in a gas reduction or soda firing.

Major ceramic influences in form and surface motif on my porcelain wheel thrown bowls and cups are: Lucie Rie, a 20th century Viennese potter who was known for her thrown modern minimalist bowls, and Elaine Coleman, a 21st century contemporary ceramic artist who carves and incises designs on thrown porcelain vessels.


© Patricia A. Jones, 2014. Photo credit: Leigha Sablan.


porcelain, tableware