Artist Statement

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“Much of my learning has been through wood firing, where the potter relinquishes control in favor of collaboration with wood and fire. I’ve become smitten by the process of letting go, and work to carry that dynamic into more controlled firing processes as well. Repetition at the wheel, beside the kiln, in my mind, with my hands…subtle repetition works its magic, becoming an intricate, illegible surface design for the wood ash and flames to play with. This is what I crave: Playing with the material, the surface, the process. The results emanate aesthetic values based in nature rather than human production, and are often one-of-a-kind, non-replicable gems that will continue to reveal themselves from different angles, in the changing light of dawn to dusk, for years to come.”

Joy Bridy