Matt Fiske is a potter on the cusp of turning 30 with a research fellowship through 2016 at the Utah State University, Logan. They made a good choice; Matt’s work on glazes (cracked ice, tortoiseshell) is close to miraculous. However, this is not entirely about Fiske but also the superb photographer Andrew Mcallister who recently shot some of Fiske’s pottery for a Chinese food magazine. There was a time in the 1980’s where any visual presentation except the antiseptic “white box” and “fade to black” was considered hokey. Now everything, including images on the seashore in a pool of foam are coming back and they have a pleasant, warm retro-chic. Luckily the placement of an egg to show scale has not made a return. Look at the image above, remove the food in your mind and you will see how the pots are strangely diminished, the vibration between from and function is stilled, disconnecting the vessels from their life force and reason for being.
Garth Clark is the Chief Editor of CFile
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