Dorae Hankin

Dorae Hankin

Dorae Hankin

DORAE HANKIN, ceramics
2017/18 Artist in Residence


Working with clay is a continual process of listening and responding to the material in my hands, an exercise in patience and persuasion. I am drawn to clay for its malleability and memory, for the way it records the movement of my fingers. I love the evidence of that process made permanent through firing, and the honesty and intimacy of a handmade mark.

I am inspired by the potential of utilitarian forms like cups, plates and bowls, because they are by necessity part of our daily lives. We understand these objects through use, by placing them on our tables, by holding them in our hands. In functional pottery I see an avenue for communication between the maker and the user: the marks my own hands make are in turn read by another person's hands, eyes, and even lips as they put my pottery to use. Through this exchange, I find the means to not merely facilitate the experience of eating, drinking or sharing a meal, but to contribute meaning and thoughtfulness to that experience as well. The right bowl, a beautiful plate, a mug that fits perfectly between hands — these objects make ordinary experiences feel special, and they make good food taste even more delicious.


ABOUT DORAE
Dorae Hankin grew up in Northern California and received a BA in Studio Arts from Carleton College in Minnesota, where her studies in the arts led her to ceramics. She has been working with clay at every opportunity since, making primarily functional, high-fired pottery for the kitchen, table, and home. She has shown work in the Perlman Teaching Museum at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, at the Fire Arts Center in Arcata, CA, the Northfield Arts Guild in Northfield, MN, and at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.


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