I make functional objects born on the potter’s wheel. These pots become actors whose stage is the table. Living participants are invited to observe and prescribe actions to these somewhat ambiguous objects that suggest intimations of a social experience.
Ambiguity allows for versatility; versatility promotes casualness and flexibility of use.
This flexibility allows the object to assimilate into domestic space and retain elements of showmanship. Some are available for any type of use for food service or as a decorative folly used as a centerpiece.
This flexibility makes pots vulnerable to decisions. They can be activated or reassigned at a whim but are still available for conventional or imaginative use. Alone, my pieces risk disappearing into an environment; they are small and easy to dismiss, but in collaboration, they produce a significant visual whole.
Laura Ashley received her BFA from The University of Mississippi and her MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
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