Donofrio, Justin

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Justin Donofrio,
Fort Collins, CO



Artist Statement:
Through the lens of functional pottery I focus on questions about our relationship with objects. Each vessel is made using clay that is artificially colored to reference natural tones. The harmony of repetition comes through meditation of movement.

Studio Description:
Focusing on the fluidity of process and materials as remnants of making, I work with a limited number of tools and movements to allow the clay to actively inform the line quality and elegant volume.

What type of clay do you use?
Colored porcelain primarily.

What temperature do you fire to?
Cone 8

What is your primary forming method?
Slab built forms using hump molds and banding wheels.

What is your favorite surface treatment?
Raw clay

Do you make any of your own tools?

What one word would you use to describe your work?

What is your favorite thing about your studio?
Flow and space.

What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
A Kiln.

How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Recycle and reusing.

How do you recharge creatively?
I’m and avid rock climber. The outdoors is always a source of recharging creatively.

What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Putting myself out there as an artist. Always struggled with this. Which is why I’m applying an ICAN porfolio.

What did you first piece look like?
A pinch pot sake cup. Stoneware with celadon fired to cone 10.

What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
No cracking power!

Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Alleghany Meadows. He has been a huge influecnes and friend in my clay experience.

What is your studio playlist?
A mix of many muscicans. I also listen to podcasts sometimes.

Why do you create art?
I need to make. My palette of color and form are drawn from the exquisite and enduring beauty of the alpine landscape.

What is your best studio tip?

If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
Its perfect. Thats why we love it.




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