Handmade pots are commonly engaged with and appreciated simply for their function. They can also hold the power of creating more meaningful rituals and relationships with objects that support a deeper human interaction rather than a manufactured one. There is a gratifying feeling that comes with using a tangible item, one that involves a physical sensation that cannot be easily described. Ranging from geometric to ovoid forms, my work attempts to address ideas relating to our humanity and engaging with objects in our lives. Evidence of process is a consistent source of pleasure for me as a maker and allows me to insert a level of humanness into my wares. Diverse atmospheric and graphic surfaces adorn often modest forms that possess a hefty quality both visually and physically. Making pots enables me to create work that can be interacted with in a simple manner while still posing a sense of intellect.
Gillan Doty is a potter living and making in Asheville, North Carolina and is currently a resident artist at Odyssey Clayworks. Utilizing atmospheric firing methods, he creates work that evokes functionality and simplicity. His interest in potting began in his early teens, making pottery in school and at local art centers in rural New England. He received a BFA in Ceramics from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. After graduating he was awarded a year long residency at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. Gillan’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationwide.