As a potter and avid gardener, I have always been drawn to creating, nurturing and growing. Development in my pottery is inspired by nature. I strive to create work that concentrates on forms taken from the world around me...forms with a natural flow and rhythm inviting the touch by the viewer. The soft curve of a flower petal with its natural imperfections, rugged rock formations, the smooth curvatures of a sea shell..there is beauty all around that I try to emulate.
Ceramics should look and feel wonderful...like an extension of the owner's own hand. I love to make pottery. Its challenges are limitless. As I'm going through the artisitc process, I want to learn something new about the clay and it's capapbilities...will this handle work on this form?...does it need a lid to complete the form?..will a dart alter the form enough to create movement within the piece?...how far can the clay stretch before it reaches the breaking point or can the form be fired successfully? I enjoy "spiffing" things up...adding distortions, slip, indentations, textures and playing around with different glazing methods or combinations of colors. These techniques add interest and propel me toward more exploration in future work. I like for my pieces to be unique.
Everything about pottery is a learning experience. And I can't forget about "happy accidents"...those things that just happen, but work out beautifully! East piece is an extension of myself. Above all I love the satisfaction of starting with a lump of clay and ending with a recognizable altered shape..a shape that has a functional, intriguing form.
Daria Claiborne - 3402 Finley Ave. - Joplin, MO 64804