Ceramic sculptures and vessels that make you think about it
I re-opened Arbitrary Forms Studio, a studio name I have used since the 1970's, when I moved to Asheville in 2014. I create unique functional objects and sculptures that explore shapes that I have made and the ideas I have explored over the past 48 years: Vessels that are based on combinations of positive and negative shapes with surfaces that include binary symbols based in Morse code. Other works incorporate brain wave patterns, haiku pottery, and mapping. They question symmetry, order, meaning, and understanding. Influences on my work include linguistic and empirical philosophy, the pottery and stone sculptures of Central America, early modernist sculptures from Europe and America, Japanese and Chinese ceramics, and the art of the Northwest American Indians. I am enough of a modernist to believe in principles, enough of a minimalist to believe in forms, and enough of a post-modernist to recognize that these are personal beliefs rooted in histories. I hope the work is found to be enlightening and enjoyable with a sense of humor.