Shawn O'Connor

I am committed to making utilitarian ceramics. The work I make is tailored for the process of wood firing. During the making, I leave the surfaces of the work quiet and relatively unmarked to allow the flame to create the surface that I desire. Surfaces that I look at and try to emulate are things such as river rocks, the erosion of land, the rich colors of leaves as they change in the fall. When steel is exposed to the elements and rusts creating rich colors of red, oranges, and yellows. These surfaces are all records of time, change, and decay much like the surface of my work in the wood kiln.