Carter Pasma’s works in clay are serious. Drawing inspiration from natural forms, his pots find a balance of wabi-sabi and focused design.
In ceramics there is at every step an opportunity for failure. As ceramic artists we are constantly faced with the realization that we are using a material that would much rather lay formless in the ground than bare the brunt our stretching, spinning, pulling, and firing. A really great potter understands this and decides to compromise with the clay letting it have some say-so in the final outcome. Pasma finds this compromise in his work using thick slips to add texture to the outer surface of his forms. These textures, Pasma writes, draw on a love of natural forms such as “…hard ledges and edges found in natural snow drifts, the peaks and valleys of mountains, curls in waves, and natural ice dams.” This texture serves a dual purpose when taking on glaze, creating areas of pooling and variation in the surface.
The glazing process is just another opportunity for an artist to show off their expertise. It’s clear that Carter spends long hours in studio researching which glazes will work best with which forms. Unlike painting, glazes are rarely the same color when applied as they are when fired. Glazes are made of powdered glass and pigments suspended in water. To fully understand the complicated process of effectively melting glass onto the surface of a clay object a degree in alchemy is required.
Technical aspects aside, Pasma’s work is a pleasure to hold and use and would be an excellent addition to any collection. Whether you’re just beginning your collection or looking for a new piece to add to your cup shelf, I highly recommend this artist. His work is durable, dishwasher and microwave safe. It is comfortable and well balanced. Each cup holds between 12 – 16 oz and can heighten the experience of any beverage (we recommend coffee).
|Dimensions||3 × 3 × 3 in|
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