Repair Series stems from an interest in the vestigial – visible traces of something lost or no longer present. These vessels are a representation of my fascination with objects that have physical evidence of their histories. Repair Series denies the convention that something broken is a failure or should be discarded. Rather, it shows that beauty can be found within the tragedy. By mending in a thoughtful way, the object can be made more beautiful than it was in its original state.
Vestige is inherent within atmospheric fired ceramics; as resulting surfaces are a literal remnant of the kiln, the fire, and the choices of the firing crew. Outside of a ceramic vocabulary, atmosphere is generally associated with the weather and air conditions. Growing up on the Canadian prairies, I have witnessed very extreme and harsh weather conditions. I am intrigued by abandoned buildings, barns, farm equipment, fences, etc. that show the impact of this weather. Through my continued research in atmospheric firing I explore surface qualities that are akin to these timeworn objects.
Vessels within Repair Series are intentionally distressed and cracked before their final firing. The marks and atmospheric details from the firing inform the type of repair, from leather straps, metal staples, wooden splines or more contemporary methods of keeping it together, such as ratchet straps. My intention is to create objects that remind us of our personal experiences with being damaged and mended, honoring the scars as a part of our story.