Booth #: LS36
Artist bio: Ceramicist Thomas Harris lives on twenty wooded acres near Bloomington, Indiana, and there uses wheelthrowing, handbuilding and slipcasting to make his fascinating functional and nonfunctional works. Harris was educated in Arizona, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Northern Arizona University and a Masters degree from the University of Arizona. Deconstructivist in ideation, his bowls cups and teapots are brilliantly colored exercises in surface decoration--painterly splashes of bold in-your-face blues, yellows, greens, oranges. Harris says he looks for the unique in utilitarian forms, often misshaping the form after having thrown it. Set off by a luminescent glow or polish, they appear to be some type of primeval mysterious fruit or groves of extravagant wildflowers unfolding in the heart of the mid-day sun.
Artist Statement: Wheel thrown, altered, reassembled ceramic work. The surface is layered with underglazes, then masked with vinyl patterns. It is then sanded to reveal the patterns and the strata of color around them.