Artists Statement - Russel Spillmann

Artist Statement


I work with porcelain for its purity and translucence. It allows one to look into and through the pot, not merely at it. In this way, the piece becomes metaphorical. It becomes rich with potentiality, conceiving greater meaning; it transcends itself and becomes an instrument for transformation. Through my work, I attempt to resolve function and beauty into a presence; for it is through presence that beauty suspends the soul in timelessness, and it is here the soul expands to sense more than itself. I intend to continue in the great tradition of pottery-making as exemplified by my teachers at the SUNY College of Ceramics at Alfred University: Val Cushing, Daniel Rhodes, as well as my undergraduate teacher of ceramics at SUNY Cortland, John Jessiman.



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