Emerging Ceramic Artist to Watch: Jeremy Randall, Tully, New York

Yellow and Blue Tank, 9 in. (23 cm)
in height, earthenware, terra sigillata, glaze, steel tacks, nichrome wire, 2007.

Purple Silo Bottle, 18 in. (46 cm) in
height, earthenware, terra sigillata,
steel tacks, nichrome wire, 2008.

Familiarity evokes memory and I look to this association to present nostalgia through form. My reference to rural American architecture and antique rural implements places the viewer in a familiar setting that is layered with time, function and history while color creates celebration in these iconic objects. The vessel forms tie these objects back to the domestic space, enriching one’s living environment while allowing for quiet contemplation and a reminder of a simpler time. The colors used refer to milk-painted surfaces, layered and stained by generations of use, while the wire elements and steel tacks are placed in the clay surface to give a direct connection to ideas of construction and joinery. The containers relate to buckets, tool caddies and tool boxes, connecting the ritual back to the everyday and creating a connection to the importance of our simplest actions. I believe that we need to re-connect to what is around us, people, objects and community. My work is meant to be the catalyst for those connections.



This was excerpted from Ceramics Monthly magazine’s
“Emerging Artists 2009” feature, which appeared in the May 2009 issue.
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