Concrete is a raw, fluid and messy medium requiring sensitive timing and physicality. Whether it’s a beautifully designed building or a water-worn culvert, I love it. Working with cement-based mediums satisfies my need to engineer and problem solve and has taught me there is a balance between letting it flow and reigning it in. I set out with an idea but ultimately the material dictates the direction, opening space for spontaneity as well as interesting accidents. I discovered that, by working with the accidents and not rejecting them, each piece has the potential of going to another level when brought back to wholeness.
My work is functional or decorative and consists of lidded vessels, containers, platters and bowls. I work with sealers, resins, waxes, paints and powders and have a passion for searching out machined and cast metal parts such as pulleys, gears and ball-bearings as well as twigs, driftwood and worn glass. I combine these elements to create lids and stands making each piece unique.
Juxtaposition is my inspiration…the primitive and the contemporary, the natural and the industrial, the calculated and the spontaneous, the cracked and the whole. My goal is to elevate ordinary materials by creating works of interest and beauty.
Lidded vessels are intended for ceremonial use, to protect something special or purely to enjoy their unique form. If you're interested in learning more about my work, my pricing or to request a studio appointment please call or email.
My work is also available through the Lori Austin Galleries in Sonoma http://www.loriaustingallery.com/jill-james-sculptures.html