Shadow May

Shadow May

I work from the perspective that life is fleeting. That belief lends to the urgent and spontaneous nature of my sculptures.
\\\"Did I do enough in my life? Did I live in fear too often? Did I challenge myself to taste greatness?”


The fundamentals I gained from apprenticeships and production work early in my career have equipped me with a fearless method of creating sculpture — evolving rapidly. Although I spent many years working as a functional potter, I eventually found myself feeling confined by the restrictions of function. I wanted to create work that would challenge notions of what clay should be and do and look. Because of that desire, I feel that my sculptures are intuitive and uninhibited and emphasize the value of taking risks.


Each sculpture is built from monolithic slabs of clay and thrown forms to create large, dynamic pieces. Instead of hiding the seams, I emphasize them by using unorthodox tools to seal the joints and create texture. The spontaneity of the building process is obvious when someone looks at the final product. The torn forms, unconcealed joints, and bent slabs reinforce an urgency I hope is evident in my work.

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