Skeff Thomas

Artist Statement

I want my ceramic art to be seen and appreciated within the contemporary  context of the vessel as sculptural form.  Each morning as my fingers  play across the body of my coffee cup, and my lips are welcomed by the  roundness of a rim, I am reminded about the subtle quality of form and  surface that the ceramic arts provide.  This sensibility can be  maintained when we create objects for daily use as well as forms of a  monumental scale.  With these forms, covered by a luscious  glaze, not only are your fingers massaged by the surface, but also your  hand and eye.  The distinction between functional craft and sculptural  art is blurred, and the viewer/user is granted an experience of a  visceral nature.

Technical Statement

The images of these ceramic forms and pottery displayed in this digital  gallery have been fired using either the techniques of electric, gas,  or wood firing. The stoneware or porcelain clay body is used to provide  the opportunity  for the glaze choice and the firing choice to be as rich and full of  depth as can happen during the final firing.  When working with wood  firing and gas firing, I consciously give up some control of the outcome  to the vagaries of the firing.  Conversely, when  I choose to fire in the electric kiln, it is to retain full control of  the outcome.  This technical process of firing ceramic art allows for  personal creativity within the transformative process and yet allows for  the serendipitous or unique outcome that makes  each piece unique.