Artist Statement

My work is based on the idea that the use of hand-made objects provides the user with a heightened awareness of the importance of our daily routines. Routines that involve eating and drinking take on new meaning and importance when an aesthetic object is made their carrier. Pottery is an active participant in people’s lives and at the same time serves to connect us to a larger cultural history. I see the vessels I make as containers of nourishment and of culture. They hold sustenance on both a physical and metaphorical level.
The pot is one of the few aesthetic objects that we are asked to touch and I have always been interested in emphasizing the tactile quality of my work. Most of my work is carved, either from solid pieces of clay or from forms that are thrown on the wheel with thick walls. This process of removal speaks to time as it records my process and simultaneously generates textures that engage the viewer on both a visual and tactile level. The slips and glazes I then apply to the form serve to accentuate these textures. Underlying all of this is the idea that the material and the process of making are both prominent in my work. Ultimately, my hope is that my pots function as well in the hand as they do on the shelf.

-Joel Froehle