Ryan McKerley | 2017 Host

Process is the main influence on my work.  I use a technique called water carving that mimics erosion.  I paint paraffin on my dry, unfired pots and then wash the surface with a very wet sponge.   The possibilities of this technique helped to create the patterns and lines decorating my pots.  I didn’t envision a style to seek out but was led to my current body of work by following this technique.  Certain lines and shapes are possible in water carving and these are the lines and shapes in my work.

I look to mass-produced glass, metal and plastic for inspiration just as much as I look to contemporary and historic pottery.  The recent drawings on my work come from diagrams, images of cells and viruses, Mayan glyphs and symbols used in mathematics.

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