Liz Delatore

Artist Statement

I like to participate in a daily practice of making art.¬†During the making process, I oscillate between 3 main¬†ideas. I am either coil building figurative pieces,¬†pinching porcelain forms, or ‚Äústitching‚ÄĚ luminaries.

Each practice develops a different part me. For example,¬†when I am seeking stillness, I will work on luminaries or¬†pinched porcelain forms. The techniques that I use to¬†create these pieces are repetitive and get me into a¬†‚Äúflow‚ÄĚ. I find that these forms grow organically and¬†tend to look like parts of nature. Clouds, coral, and¬†waves begin to form as I roll and pinch the porcelain.¬†On the other hand when, I am growing the luminaries, I¬†find that circles of tiny people collaborating begin to¬†emerge. Growth patterns develop in each form unique¬†to the individual piece. As a result, like each cloud in the¬†sky has its own form, each form I build has its own¬†nature.

I also build head forms. These, I create by using a coil building method, similar to the way potters would build functional vessel forms. Because I coil build, I am able to push the form out from within. This technique works well if I want protruding noses or puffed lips forms. On the contrary, If I want deep set eyes I can press the clay from the outside inward. Through a series of push and pull, and repetitive coil building a head grows into being.

Often times while I work, I will write down words that¬†come to mind. For example, ‚Äú When an intention is set,¬†patterns will arise.‚ÄĚ The process of making art helps me¬†to see relationships more clearly. Not only do I see¬†personal relationships, but also the relationships¬†between the wind and the water, the micro-universe¬†and the macro-universe, the animal world and the¬†human world, or the relationship of parts to a whole.

Like when seasoning the soup, I seek balance and I feel satisfied when I my work feels right.

– Liz Delatore