Sean O'Connell | Willmette, Illinois | Ryan McKerley's Studio

I prefer the uncomplicated and straightforward character of plates, bowls, cups, and serving dishes. My forms focus on creating a space for their intended use as well as acting as a canvas for patterns. I use pattern as a means of exploring the nature of abstraction, representation, and beauty. What is most compelling about the use of pattern is that its meaning can be elastic and fluid, it requires only one small graphic element used in repetition to become something greater that the sum of its parts.

Many of the motifs I use are adapted or interpreted from textiles, paintings, and natural geometry. My formal vocabulary is culled from historic and contemporary ceramic art, design, and my own few novel additions. It is within these chosen limitations that I search for a sense of beauty, self-expression, and common experience.

Nicholas Bernard _ Patrick Coughlin _ Adam Field _ Hiroe Hanazono _ Heesoo Lee _ Ron Meyers _ Ryan McKerley _ Kip O'Krongly _ Melissa Mencini _ Lindsay Oesterritter _ Lisa Orr _ Doug Peltzman _ Claudia Reese _ Melissa Weiss

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