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Tara Wilson


Spending time outdoors and surrounding myself on a daily basis with a rich natural environment is a necessity in my life, whether its an afternoon walk with my dog or a week backpacking in the wilderness. These situations provide calmness, a physical as well as mental space that allows me to relax, contemplate, and focus on the important details of my life. The peaceful serenity and tranquil emotions that I experience in such situations are qualities embodied in my atmospheric fired ceramic vessels.


The rich surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world. Nature also inspires form, in some cases quite literally, as river rocks become saucers. Other pieces speak of this passion more subtly. Bases reference the landscape, evoking a sense of space and awareness of the land. Parallels can be drawn between geological processes and the atmospheric firing process. Pots physically capture and record their firing process similar to the way sedimentary and metamorphic rocks speak of their history.


Potterys inherent relationship to the figure is accentuated in my gestural forms. Anthropomorphic as well as zoomorphic vessels create a dialog between the forms that is continuously changing. Quiet pots initially speak softly, revealing complexity in both form and surface through continued investigation and use.


The simple things in life are often the most important. My pots speak of my passions, while at the same time allowing the user to recognize the important things in their own lives.


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Taken on May 5, 2007