Sophie Amberkar
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Sophie Amberkar


In this series I used scale and texture to highlight a variety of bottled vessel forms. I explore active forms that vary in shaped but are tied together through common geometric and organic shapes. I choose a diamond pattern to accentuate the form of these vessels by providing a focal point at the center of the pots. Within the diamonds I carved abstract textures to create a more active and distinctively different vessel shape. Carving within the diamond frames allows these pots to interact with the glaze and create a dialogue between form and surface.

My inspiration for creating these vessels came from 12th century Japanese ceramics and looking back at my previous work. Vessels from this period demonstrated both slender and robust forms, whose shapes spoke to me as a potential canvas, begging to be carved and accented with color. For this body of work, I wanted to incorporate carving and distorting that I used in previous work, but on a larger scale. As I began creating these forms, each vessel began to suggest a new form. Thus each piece I made began to inspire the next one’s shape, texture and glaze.

The importance of these pots is that they borderline between sculptural and functional ceramics. In order for a pot to be functional it must be used. As a potter I design opportunities for the homeowner to add color to their homes and to incorporate the pots actively with other objects currently in the home. However these altered forms with their scale, use of color and sense of space begin to become sculptural in a sense as well. These openings promote substantial connections between the pottery and its audience by drawing out practical and aesthetic utility while advocating for creative living.