Whorl | Wildflower


Paul Briggs
Whorl | Wildflower
Pinched stoneware, Geode, Chun Glaze
10H x 8W x 8D inches
Item #87-08

1 in stock

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“As a ceramic artist and sculptor, I choose mediums such as plywood, felt and ceramic to explore ideas. I often use the materials to concretely philosophize and so materiality is important to the work. Presently I am focused on the meditative practice of pinch-formed vessels and internal concerns around my experience as a black man that impact my way of being in the world. Pinch-forming clay is the process of the former and the latter is more often slab-built.
I am engaged in a process I call “pure pinching,” that is, making the goal of my practice to be present to the largely intuitive process of growing a form, most often, out of one piece of clay—it becomes a mindful practice. My process is neither additive nor subtractive but expansive. In one sitting I develop the form, intuitively sculpt it, and the moment ends as a contemplative object due to the visual mystery of the process, an object that is vessel-like.​ Though the work recalls natural objects and I reference flowers and sea anemone, these were not the initial impetus for the work. Currently I’m taking inspiration from the distintive vessels of the Jomon period of ancient Japan.” – Paul S. Briggs


“My first ceramics class was taken in high school in the Hudson Valley region upstate New York. It was primarily a wheel throwing class but I also began hand-building. After those days, slab-building was my primary method of expression—pinch-forming was what I did while my clay slabs were becoming firm. I have studied educational theory and policy, art education, and theology, but I never stopped pinching regardless of what path I was on in my life. Pinching has been my meditation. After a circuitous and fortuitous journey I am an artist-teacher at The Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA. My partner and I share the evenings discussing art, sewing and quilting, ceramics and sculpture, social justice and how far away our three children live.” – Paul S. Briggs