We live within the confines of a monotonous robotic schedule, and my pottery is an attempt to reclaim attentive conversation within the everyday. Every object I make is a vehicle for food, plants, or household objects. There are subtle irregularities within the work due to the way each piece is handled and the marks chosen to remove versus those that are embraced. I want to convey not only the function within my work but a feeling of connectedness and beauty through interaction with pottery.
Our belongings act as scattered remnants of our personalities. Within our culture we are characterized by what we choose to own. For me, what I own has a memory or history behind it, creating a sentimental relationship between that object and myself. Each piece of pottery can inherently record a memory or moment every time we choose to use it.
A love letter to food: My love of cooking informs the way I make my pottery. I am absorbed by function and am constantly contemplating the containment within. The playful quality of my work advises my concepts of celebration, presentation, and togetherness. These objects exist to be used. The simplicity of eating a meal with a loved one creates an ongoing conversation with the user. I would like to think of the food and drinks contained, plated and served on my work as the final product.
Allie Stack, born in southern Connecticut, is currently a practicing potter in Minneapolis, Minnesota and received her BFA in Ceramics with honors from the Maine College of Art in 2016. Her ceramic vessels are a vehicle for presentation and celebration within the home. Her work is inspired by daily settings and activities such as cooking, gardening, organizing and arranging. Stack has participated in a number of group shows during her time at the Maine College of Art, such as the Senior Ceramic show and the Art of Work.