|Matt Kelleher Teapot $145|
soda-fired stoneware (4.5" x 7.5" x 5")
Utilitarian objects are accessible and universal. Their forms are recognizable and their utility makes them inclusive. I choose to make utilitarian objects in order to use these characteristics as a foundation for my ideas. This decision invites the viewer to discover my visual and tactile interests.
I develop my form by considering the requirements of utility. I challenge these assumptions by altering design to communicate gentle and self-confident shapes. I ofen explore specific design by playing with compositional elements. Volume, line, center of gravity, edges, spouts, handles, feet, or lids may all be altered in subtle degrees. I also fine-tune tactile elements such as weight distribution, balance, and thickness to explore the composition of a pot. I search for a poised form that captures the essence of utility.