“I started this particular body of work about 3 years ago. The initial impulse came from the idea of a piece of printed, colorful fabric, lifting up off of the table and transforming into a cup.
My functional pots are made out of double-sided, printed patterned clay slabs. I came to work this way after becoming frustrated by the term “surface decoration”. I print patterns on a flat piece of clay and then build with it. In my work, visual, flat pattern and color function as fundamental structure. A double sided, printed slab is my material. The pattern is not applied to an object after it is formed. If you look at the way the pieces are constructed you can “unfold” them/flatten them visually.
I have always loved pattern and color, especially in textiles and home decor. I embrace the “mix and match” aesthetic commonly found in quilting, fashion design and interior decoration. My inspiration comes from broad and diverse sources and subjects, but a few specifics are: Japanese Kimonos, Indian Chintz fabric, high fashion runway outfits, American folk quilts, Islamic tile work, William Morris and Kaffe Fasset.
I use tableware as a vehicle to explore imagery within functional forms. All over pattern/color creates an engaging physical and visual relationship between user and object which I hope orchestrates synergy of the eyes, hands, mind and heart.
I aim to make pots with integrity that radiate sweetness and joy.” -Lydia Johnson