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Zak Helenske


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I am a potter who is interested in the exploration of form and the development of pattern. I look to industrial and architectural situations for formal references and social observations for conceptual connections. The history of human progression is a relentless record of pattern. My pots are both a response and resistance to this predictability.

Made of a gritty terra cotta with porcelain brushwork on their surface, my pottery is fired to cone 2. I pay attention to the formless structures within the making process and attempt to harness them with a direct approach to material. A clear glaze captures the depth of these layers and highlights their nuances. I finish the pots by sand blasting the sheen away, retaining the dimension in their surface while softening them to the eye and hand.

Pots are a part of our domestic infrastructure, facilitating rituals of beauty, nourishment, and gathering. I am interested in the history these objects carry and the sentiment gained from their usefulness. I am charmed by the anti-monumental, and challenged by the spatial balance between pottery, architecture, and community.


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