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Whiskey Sipper 1

Austin Riddle

Regular price $ 35.00

a cup shaped thing

August 29 - October 3, 2020

Whiskey Sipper 1

Soda Fired Porcelain - Cone 11
2" tall x 3.75" wide

Dishwasher, Microwave, & Food Safe

Artist: Austin Riddle

Logan, Utah

 I am interested in the inherent intimacy of pottery and how it relates to familiarity and comfort.  My work is generously thrown with a balanced physical weight that plays on those notions and offers a sense of security, much like the relationship with a diner mug or a childhood friend. I utilize elements of hard and blurred lines, pastel color, and layered pinstripes to evoke a sense of nostalgia in the viewer. Through meticulous placement within the soda kiln, I create a weathered warmth to the pots, reminiscent of sunburnt appliances abandoned in the ghost towns of southern Utah.

  The general aesthetic of my work is a response to my infatuation with mid-century America. For many people, including myself, this era is easy to romanticize. Many perceive it as a "simpler time." Its timeless design aesthetic reflects that perception and continues to be popular. I make pots that convey similar elements of design and feelings of nostalgia in an effort to further understand my yearning and attraction to this socially complex era. I want my pots to carry a similar weight, to be romantic without explanation, to exist at home in the present while remaining aware of the past.

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