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Jeremy Brooks
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

I make small batches of elastic clay fiber in a lab using a combination of traditional & nontraditional ceramic materials. This elasticity allows me to work in ways that would not be possible with traditional clay. I use this clay to knit & crochet work in the form of small vessels & refer to this work as “Knot Pots”, which is a homophonous play on words. Structurally these pots begin with a slip knot of elastic clay fiber which is then knitted & crocheted into the form of a vessel. Categorically however, they are not pots in a utilitarian sense. They are more accurately categorized as vessels in a fine art/craft sense. They conceptually focus around how a pottery form contains an idea rather than how they facilitate a specific function. The small scale format of a tea bowl & its relationship to Wabi-Sabi philosophy/aesthetics are conceptual aspects tied to the work.

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