Household Texture Mug by John Brooks
Household Texture Mug (egg carton, bolt, house key) Porcelain, Soda Fired, 5"x4"x4.5", 2017, $65
Thrown and altered pots are embellished with the textures of familiar everyday items. By taking manufactured objects that have a specific function – nuts and bolts, screws, washers, hinges, etc. – and changing its intended purpose altogether through clay, a new interaction is created. Led by the form/function of the vessel, I animate the static impressions by distorting the texture through the plastic qualities of the clay. Colored slip is then added to further enrich both visual and tactile contrast. What appears to be mere decoration at first look becomes a layered history of information upon continuous exploration of the vessel. Life is bits and pieces put together, a harmony of ceremonial occasions and ordinary daily moments. Applying literal bits and pieces from our lives in a celebratory manner allows for contemplation and perhaps reconsideration for what can often be overlooked.
Mug Madness Entry #393-1