09 November 2011

Paul Donnelly’s Ceramic Work

I responded positively toward his pieces. Not only was I in love with his pastel color selection, but I also found it fascinating how he had this repetition of stacking. Even his plates had a layered effect. This reminds me of the picture he showed of his mother’s dinning room. Everything on that table was placed orderly and had many objects placed upon each other. Just like his the silverware, candles, plates, glasses and such were stacked neatly and cleanly so were his pieces in the show. The way the pieces were stacked reminded me of how I layer my clothes and I love layering clothing. Even the way his plates were made they have that same effect. There is a repetition of colors and textured techniques, such as lines with circles. This concept ties in with him photographing his surrounds of inspiration.

One of the other things that struck out at me was how Paul uses photography to record his “visual ideas or inspiration” in the world around him. I like the way he looks at his photos, in the most simplified way. The objects themselves seem pushed back has he looks at relationships and the negative space that is created. 
You are shaped by the world around you, the environment. So it makes sense why an artist would record and discover inspiration around them.
I tried to look up other ceramic pieces that were stacked, but did not find any other pieces that were similar to his. His stacked idea comes from his mother’s dinning room table. I find it fascinating that he is taking an idea from something he saw at special occasions with his family all throughout his life.
Thinking about this makes me wonder about myself. I notice small detail in objects when I look at them, but not to the level he has taken it. Although I am more in the design aspect of things it almost makes me wonder how I can drag over those skills.
Another concept of his that I really liked was his idea of function. He wants people to use his work, which I think is amazing because I feel that when some people make certain ceramic pieces they do not want them to be used. It seems silly to make something that can be used and just keep it on the shelf. I think I have this obsession of objects having a function because somehow I feel as though it gives it more of a purpose. Not to say that other sculptural pieces don't have a purpose of their own.

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