hotelfireceramics

by Jake Vinson.

Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan

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Cranbrook Academy of Arts Ceramics 2021.

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Last updated on Aug 26, 2021

Small shop update posted. Shipping times should start getting a bit quicker in the next week. Thanks!!

-Jake
Cranbrook Academy of Arts Ceramics 2021.

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As a child the Wyoming desert night sky was illuminated with countless stars, back-lit by the glow of the milky way. This cosmic expanse juxtaposed against the seemingly empty high plains was my first insight into conflict of thought. As it became my constant companion, its vacant darkness allowed for witness of celestial mechanics as a persistent reminder of motion and repetition.

As an adult, I am an artist working in Clinton Township, MI. I work primarily in clay, but I often explore other mediums. I make functional ceramics and I am especially fond of making work intended to be used for drinking, whether it be water, tea, or the occasional libation. The vessels known as chawan have become the focus of my studies.These bowls, used for performing the tea ceremony, have a defined purpose but the flexibility that is found within those confines is at once abstract and expressive. The ceremony itself is very structured, but the bowl is both determined and free. My chawan exist as the collision between east and west, soft and sharp, loose and refined, and strive to find balance between all.

In 2012, I designed and built a small updraft kiln that I use for high temperature porcelain and stoneware works. In the summer of 2020 I plan on building a small raku kiln to further my investigations into the origin of the chawan and of traditional Japanese ceramics.

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