For my last ceramics project this semester I made a series of wall pieces that are brightly colored but that also contain geometric drawings that I find reminiscent of illustrations from geometry lessons. When I began this project I knew that I wanted to do something that would involve color and some kind of illustration (preferably layers of it) that would help to draw the audience into these pieces. I spent a good bit of time thinking about what type of images I wanted to use for these pieces. It would have been easy to bring in images of flowers or animals. You see those things all the time on pots and people respond easily to them. At the same time, I feel there's a certain "girly-ness" to those motifs and it was important to me to come up with something that is important to me, not just something that "sells." While I was working on a model for my wall pieces I was struck by some of the lines that I had drawn on the plaster I was working with and how similar they were to geometric illustrations in various textbooks I had used as a student. This, in turn, reminded me of my daughter's interest in the sciences and math and how she is willing to forge her own path rather than trying to fit in and be "girly."
This summer I would like work on developing a product line based off of these tiles. It may or may not be something that turns out to have commercial success, but it certainly is the next step in exploring my own voice.