As a functional potter, I make about 5,000 individual pieces of pottery every year.
To think of them as works of art is foolish, but I do hope that they communicate something of what I feel regarding personal expression in pottery.
My main interest is in the form, surface, and gesture of making. I am working with of the same elements that a painter or sculptor use but the results are completely different.
A potter first attracts the eye through form, color, textures, gesture, and possibly decorative devices.
Eventually, due to the nature of the work, such things as weight, balance, tactile reactions, and suitability to function begin to engage us.
Out of a kiln load of hundreds of pots, only a few reach out strongly to the user. Out of this small number, even fewer will continue to engage the senses after daily use. These seem to tap a source beyond the personal and deal with universal experience.
They are not necessarily amenable to intellectual analysis, and in fact that analysis can destroy a person’s real appreciation and understanding of a piece. Some pots just feel right, and a person who is open will know them. If given time to absorb the inner nature of the work and its maker, this person can share in the creative act that produced the piece.