Travis Hinton

My current body of work consists of vessels as well as hand-built wall pieces providing layers of information and layered surfaces. These surfaces contain various two-dimensional techniques including masking areas of the vessel with paper and tape resists, appropriation of commercial ceramic decals and my own interpretative drawings. My interest in surface imagery as well as the technical aspects of clay and glaze is reflected in the diverse usage of these techniques. The vessels are thrown to achieve traditional recognizable ceramic forms and cut and altered in order expressive to create unique ceramics forms. I view the surfaces of these forms as drawings, each one different but each incorporating similar elements. Sometimes the elements are individually framed resembling patchwork while other pieces combine the elements creating a composition around the entire form. Influences expand from the historical blueprints of machinery and aircraft, ancient Greek pottery to Post Modern Pop Art. The application of the glazes in combination with the drawings, stencils and decals can be deliberate and precise while the melting of the materials can become rapid, sharp movements resembling the visual strength and purity of a dripping graffiti or faded advertising or imagery painted on a building or wall.  Many of the surfaces have contrasting textures leaving a piece looking dry and aged to luscious and wet. Pieces can be fired multiple times at different temperatures  and sanded or sandblasted to further achieve aged and weathered surfaces. I strive to create works that vary in function and purpose from the daily usage of a cup to an ornamental vase. Each telling a story with its individual composition, I intend to communicate a sense of wonder, discovery, and balance through form and surface treatment.