In my studio practice, a craft approach (systems, repetition, rules) coupled with my own conceptual response (searching, filtering, gathering) allows for a sense of certainty and elasticity. I work with a limited number of forms, so that the repetitive nature of my work allows small shifts to register as significant gestures. In finishing the forms, while glaze attributes such as sheen and texture are considered, glaze is primarily treated as an image-making material. By way of horizon or water lines, Grey Series uses atmospheric perspective to activate a point of departure. The buoyancy of each piece establishes a line (or ground) on which the atmosphere and perspective pivot. In this way, the line embodies the space, or breadth, held within the piece that prevents it from sinking. Color Series is comprised of palettes that explore raw color interaction and impact stripped of all representation. When placed on a craft object, I see these palettes as more clearly revealing function.
© Jury Smith, August 2012