Utilizing ceramic material as a conduit for discovery and communication, I expand the linear history of the art making process and accumulated result in narrative form. Each phase in the formation of a ceramic object is manifested through technical manipulation of geologic materials. Combining silica, alumina, feldspar, and water, in a homogenous blend, these materials become the basis for object narrative. From wet clay to glaze-fired object, the chemical composition has been altered; glaze has been sintered, clay has been calcined and inorganic material burned out. In reference to geologic time, these changes may have taken hundreds of decades to occur. Utilizing a high temperature kiln to encourage this geologic mutation at a compressed speed, the viewer can experience these processes through visually tangible products.
After the glaze-fired sculpture has been documented in both video and still format images, it is then incorporated into a “repurposing machine”. This is a machine I designed and constructed for the purpose of pulverizing the ceramic sculptures into powder. Acting much like geologic weathering, the time and pressure of the hammer strikes transform the sculpture into ingredients for a future sculpture. The imbued qualities of the initial sculpture is injected in the following sculpture and documented once more. The cyclical nature of this project informs my research of materiality, time and process.