Sara Ballek

Much of what I create is tied within the parameters of functional pottery. I find inspiration in new forms—natural and manmade, organic and geometric. I am moved by the contrast of forms, colors, space, light and feelings that I experience in fresh surroundings.

 In the process of thinking, when focusing on utilitarian forms, it can be difficult to make a plan, but much simpler to design a purpose. There is an attraction to repetition, but the response is through the process rather than the outcome. I find my work to share similarities as it also shares differences. With the combination of techniques I incorporate in my work through tactile expression, each form holds its own unique qualities. 

I work with a number of methods and processes to create functional forms. Between throwing and hand building, I alter each form with pinching the clay while it is still in a malleable state. Once the form is complete, I visually dissect it. I then break up the piece by applying organic shapes, a spectrum of colors, and various lines to create contrast throughout the piece and a dialogue within the body of work.

 Using a handmade form in a daily ritual is a unique experience. There is something captured in those moments that radiate a connection between the user, the object, and even the maker. But those moments are only temporary, until the possibility of “next time”.