Thomas Perry

As a potter, I concentrate on vessel forms. I am attracted to the co-themes of their use as containers and servers for food and beverage and their metaphoric meaning as containers and servers of space and spirit. I am awed and inspired by the myriad forms that a variety of cultures and often unknown artists have created throughout human history for everyday use and ritual functions. I strive to pay homage to this rich history through my own work processes and personal interpretations to create ceramic objects that are interesting today. I want to create vessels -- whether teapot and cups, sangria pitcher and goblets, serving bowls, or vases -- that through their use and presence add spirit and pleasure to one’s life. Occasionally, I will emphasize form more than function such that the resulting vessels are less intended for use than for visual pleasure, even though they still contain and pour.

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