Michelle Grey

I make pots about relationships. In a formal context, I consider each element of the pot in relation to another-- the lip to the foot, the handle to the belly, the curves to the angles. Conceptually, these decisions are driven by observing our divided world through hierarchies and inequalities. I digest and process these observations through the act of making and tackling formal, aesthetic challenges. My work does not provide an answer to division, but rather brings the conversation into the home and engages users through functional objects. At the core of my practice is the wheel. It allows me to create parts and components, which I cut apart and re-assembled. I create forms with specific angles or curves, which I respond to when I approach the two dimensional decoration of the surface. I use line, texture and glaze to unify the contrasting forms. I fire to cone ten in a soda atmosphere using a variety of stoneware and porcelain clay bodies. This final surface treatment unifies the multiple disparate parts that make up my pots. As a meticulous person and a creature of habit, I am inspired by structures and systems that facilitate our daily routines. I look to parts of the home such as a curated bookshelf, the puzzled organization of a desk drawer, or a well arranged collection of mementos. This, coupled with references to division, leads me to make highly crafted, organized and structured pots that explore the delicate balance between contrast and unity.