Beauty in Function

Posted on: October 1, 2017
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Drinking vessels thrown and altered, made with earthenware clay.

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Zane Tillinghast

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BFA Alumni

Major: Ceramics

Graduation Year: 2016

Artist Statement:

My way of approaching the process of making pots is focused on the connections ceramics creates between people. We subconsciously use utilitarian objects to share significant moments, have conversations, and create memories. My pottery is alluring yet humble, focusing on intimate moments through the concept of beauty in function. My work channels the social conditions which ceramic vessels facilitate in helping people to come together--as a tool for conversation and expanding relationships with other human beings. The abstract designs on the surface of my pots are inspired by the time I’ve spent in the New England woods and meant to serve as a catalyst for ambiguous observations to be made. The act of eating and drinking with this tableware and with the people you wish to spend time, make the ceramic objects a backdrop for the performance of life to happen around.