Kern Tamkun: capstone

Tamkun, Kern, artist
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The artist's statement: I am fond of objects and how they percolate within our lives on a level that is often unacknowledged. Pots can expand our dialogue within communities, relationships, and partnerships. My artistic practice hones the act of communion through the creation of utilitarian ceramic wares. Individuals habitually come together to share stories and information, these interactions are often accompanied by food or drink. Ceramic wares have been at the heart of these exchanges for centuries. The potter's wheel has been used throughout human history to create utilitarian pots. I am able to replicate forms while allowing the hand to be present in each piece. Individual impressions I leave as a maker alter how each piece interacts with the next. The craft theorist, David Pye explores similar ideas surrounding workmanship, those of certainty and those of risk in his book, The Nature and Art of Workmanship. The repetitive and responsive nature of the potter's wheel allows for my craft to seek consistency while embracing the subtle variation. By using the potter's wheel I honor this long lineage of making and consumption. While food has the power to bring people together, my work aims to facilitate in communion.
2019 Spring.
Colorado State University Art and Art History Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement, a list of works, and images of works.
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