I love the spontaneity and uncertainty of working with clay, nothing can replace that feeling of first opening a kiln to see what gems will be inside. My ceramics are typically low-fire (cone 04), where I use a variety of engobes, slips and glazes to create textured, colorful palettes. I create paintings and drawings out of clay using a variety of tools and applications. Often I will have to fire the artworks multiple times in order to achieve the colors I would like to see. I also enjoy wood and soda firings and the effects that occur on my figurative and portrait clay drawings.
“My relationship with ceramics has always been a double-edged sword, because I originally didn’t identify with ceramics or sculpture. In the beginning, I used clay to make a better painting! I see my work as a working soup; gathering aspects of influence, being influenced by curiosities, questions that occur through observations, observations of beauty, the beauty of a pose, the posing of questions, the questioning of media mixed, the mixing of metaphors, the metaphors of things that are most important, the importance of things that create passion, the history of passion and personal definitions of passion that are different from history’s, and the joy of understanding that we are in history now and not in a “post-history”. The biggest chore is to make soup full bodied and experiential and not a concoction of repellant meaninglessness.” ~ Arthur Gonzalez