Originally trained in the graphic arts of industrial design and photography, the exploration of ceramics allows me to work with volume and texture, as well as line, shape, and color.
Inspiration comes though our natural environment. My studio opens to my garden, ravine and small stream. I often spend time on the Maine coastline, walking the beach and forest trails. Found objects worn shapes, textures, the way objects feel and their color relationships find their way into my ceramics.
The works starts by throwing cylinders on the wheel, the form is then altered and a base is applied. I may drop the sculpture onto an object, or strike it to achieve a shape that suggests movement, or a balance of tensions and serenity. Some pieces don’t survive the process. Slips and under glazes are applied providing color and texture. The work is bisque fired then glaze is applied by sponge, brush, dip, or airbrush applies my glazes. Some pieces benefit form second and third glaze applications and firing creating more depth within the surfaces.
My desire is to create work that inspires people to notice the beauty in the environment, to provide a visual meditation of the art into our world. I hope my ceramic vessels will hold space for people, encouraging them to recognize and engage their own creative energies.
– Kevin Keiser