ARTIST STATEMENT

I believe the human body influences our sense of form and proportion. In my current work, I assign anthropomorphic features and gestures such as bellies, feet, and arms to pots I make. This allows the viewer to easily engage and relate with my wares. I make forms that vary from quite feminine to quite masculine and everywhere in-between, referencing all different shapes and people. These human-like, lively pots are enhanced with a varied and dynamic surface, which are the results of atmospheric firings. Where I position my work in the kiln and how pots around them are positioned gives me varied effects that compliment the form. The interactions of fire, wood, and clay give me a varied palette of colors and texture. My pieces are records of the aggressive atmosphere matched with soft forms that bring contrast. I am to invoke moments of awe with contrasts of form and surface, but I also want the viewer to engage with the details of the work and dive deeper to explore the nuances of the pot.

—Sam McCall, 2021

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