Trent Burkett

Trent Burkett

I am deeply attracted to utilitarian things, so it seems appropriate, especially now, to be a potter. I like what Tom Spleth had to say in his article titled, “Ceramics and the Zietgeist” in a recent issue of Studio Potter Magazine, which examines the tools and technology of the ceramic artist. “Mr. Spleth states, “Somewhat detached, working away within the context of a culture but not of that culture, having arrived in the studio for rarely-articulated subliminal reasons, the ceramic artist is immersed in an ancient and universal craft that transcends all boundaries of space and time… To make authentic ceramics one must take a pass and let the cutting edge find its own way\\\".


My pots try to convey the immediacy of their making. Their conception is a continuum of the irreducible forms that we have always known: cup, plate, bowl, bottle, vase, and so on. Each new pot seeks dissimilarity from these ageless forms, a contemporary definition. I use handmade pots every day and consider it a great luxury. The diversity of choice in deciding what cup to drink from sets the tone for the day. It feels like the right way to live.

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