Scott McClellan, Missoula, Montana
The physical processes that have transformed the earth over the course of millennia have resulted in striking natural architecture in rocks and landscapes. Scott McClellan mimics this weathering, heat, and metamorphosis in clay at a human scale and pace. His quiet, strong vessel forms have raw, rough surfaces that exude a sense of gravity in the flashing imparted by the kiln’s flame and the pitting of chunks of silica sand in the clay body. The minimal slip brushwork applied to each piece with intention and restraint reinforces their strength.
McClellan invites the viewer to engage with these elements during their use, stating, “the undulations and irregularitires are what give them fortitude, encouraging contemplation in the viewer; a time set aside to recognize the earnestness of life in comparison to the gravity of death.” By capturing a sliver of the humbling, overwhelming feeling when faced with a vast horizon or endlessly expansive desert, he creates an opportunity for daily solemnity in the course of routine use.