JadeVincent.com | Handmade Ceramics by Jade Vincent
"The wheel is my center of gravity when I work with my material. The physicality of throwing a form consumes me; the centrifugal nature of the wheel is meditative. The feeling of a slightly crooked handle, a dented plate lip or a faintly off-centered bowl is important to me. In this mass produced world, handmade aspects of objects create a personal experience in our everyday lives. We form relationships with them by getting to know their nuances. I will always make pots for this reason and will always consider this in the making.
With my sculptural work I want to challenge the material and push in ways different than that of telling it to become a pot. I work with thin sheets of translucent porcelain to create forms and near two-dimensional surfaces. Porcelain is one of the most demanding materials to work with; it requires an exorbitant amount of time and even more patience. In my studio when working this way, I interact with a piece from start to finish. If I leave a work unattended there is a high probability of it drying too quickly, cracking and breaking beyond repair. I must look over my work, care for it at every stage, attend to it, and check in on it consistently. I allow the cracks to form, just enough to let the material speak, I will not force it be something that is not in it’s nature. I let the thin white porcelain do what it wills to do, without compromising the integrity of the piece.
Each mark I make becomes a visible memory on the surface. Clay is a material that holds a lot of energetic and historical information. All clay has plastic memory, or the inclination to return to a shape or reveal a mark previously made no matter the effort of the handler to conceal it, but the plastic memory of porcelain is much greater than that of any other clay body. Each mark that is made, remains. The delicacy of the material as it dries and the difficulty of finding the most un-intrusive way of handling the work as it matures is what drives me. The object remains fragile no matter what stage it is in, making my relationship with the work a fleeting one. Working in this way allows me to confront my own limitations, as well as the limitations of the material.
The surface imperfections; the cracking, folding, and scarring in a finished porcelain form reveals the story of the process. I add warm lights inside the textured and cracked wall pieces and sculptures. The lights illuminate the perceived “imperfections”- the cracks and the marks that make each piece unique shine brightly through the thin translucent porcelain. In Japanese philosophy there an this idea of “wabi-sabi,” or the act of embracing the flawed or imperfect. Adding the lights is my way of embracing and celebrating the marks, scars, textures and cracks that make each piece uniquely individual. The delicate work has made it through the long process of where it is today. It has survived this far, and its history should be celebrated. "
Forget your perfect offering -there is a crack in everything- that's how the light gets in.