Andrew Avakian

My hand built terra cotta vessels bring the richness of public architectural forms into homes and individual, intimate environments. Architecture, historical ceramics, abstract painting and color theory are some current ideas driving my work.  Many of my vessels are the result of my attempt to understand the proportions of historical ceramic vessels.  Other pieces allude to the shape of buildings or their architectural components such as columns and arches.  Pattern, color, and geometric abstraction all work together to accentuate the form and keep the viewer's eye moving around the piece.  The layering of slips, underglazes, glazes, and use of a sand blaster make possible the varied and complex surfaces on my vessels.