The way objects are held, whether resting or firmly grasped, is often an unconscious act. It is a simple moment of tactility that awakens an experience. With interior and exterior space in mind, I combine convex and concave curves to create forms that entice the hands of the user to turn pieces over and over. Subtle impressions imply evidence of nesting or a memory of pieces functioning together. In turn, the arrangement organizes these multiples and heightens an awareness of individuality.
Carving from solid blocks of clay, I intuitively add and subtract in response to fluidity in the object. It is in these moments unexpected sculptural forms embedded in my designs are discovered. Embracing this and allowing a single detail to become the sole function of a piece provides a presence beyond my intentions.
Shifts in form dictate how surface is divided up. Lines wrap and overlap to create miniature compositions of soft texture and layered values. The rich tone of bare clay is preserved through minimal glazing while sandblasted areas contribute to depth. Reflecting personal attraction to color, my simplified palette allows the viewer to focus on details accentuated by surface applications.
— Shannon Tovey