James Tingey

My work is a material articulation of the relationships, origins, and roles of functional objects and the interactions and relationships between landscape and utility. Utilizing a vocabulary of functional ceramic objects, my work explores ceramic materials and traditional forming process as a vehicle to articulate relationships between object and containment, environment and the body.   My work explores a straight forward visual language to address function, utilizing the interplay of form and flame to dictate surface.  I utilize a range of forming techniques in the production of my work; wheel throwing, hand building and slip casting all play integral roles in my studio practice.  Utilizing mold-made components along with individually wheel-thrown parts provides a degree of consistency in which a cohesive body of work develops while providing a level of freedom for formal and material explorations.

Integral to my studio practice is the development of layers of information contained within the work.  I am interested the interactions between pattern, chance, accumulation, and erosion to enrich surface.  Surfaces serve as a record of an objects history materially containing the residues and interactions of time and process, which operate as indicators of transformation, change and the passage of time. Through implied function and familiarity of form, I want my work to exist as an object of utility as well as, a record of activity in invitation of use. This oscillating focus between what the object does and what the object records, invites the viewer to consider their relationship to both.

Jennifer Datchuk _ Justin Donofrio _ Kirk Jackson _ Ben Jordan _ Beth Lo _ Renee LoPresti _ Ryan McKerley _ Melissa Mencini _ Lisa Orr _ Scott Proctor _ Claudia Reese _ Matthew Schiemann _ Keith Simpson _ James Tingey

funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts