Artist's Statement: Patrick Horsley, Studio Potter

My work is strongly influenced by architecture, both primitive and contemporary (i.e. the home, the temple and the skyscraper). I base my work on the idea of the container vessel, and at times, utilitarian forms, such as teapots and lidded jars.

Some of the work – bowls, vases and platters – fall into a more ceremonial category. The image of the teapot has become a major focus of work and time. These teapots are non-utilitarian, and are to be viewed in their profile.

The challenge of my work is to combine the many elements (handles, feet, spouts and lids) into a work that dances and presents a new view and image of a familiar form. My primary interest is in the process and the physical dance of making the pots.

Most of my work is thrown, or thrown then altered, with some of the pieces using slabs and thrown parts. Some of my work is made in sections with handles and feet made from extruded parts.

Artist’s Technique

All the work is stoneware, fired to 2100 degrees Fahrenheit in a reduction-fired kiln. The glazes use oxides from manganese and copper for colors from silver-black to purple-blues and green. The surfaces are semi-matte to very dry sculptural glazed surfaces. I use a wax resist technique for decorating some work, which archives graphic, hard-edge patterns.

Most of my work is decorative as opposed to utilitarian, and involves platters and plates for two-dimensional exploration. It also involves bowls and vessels for exploring three-dimensional ideas. Teapots, a special interest of mine, have evolved into signature pieces, which are included in many collections throughout the world.

To care for your piece, wash with clear water and air dry. Do not use a cloth to dry.

Patrick Horsley
Portland, Oregon