Kyle Carpenter Solo 2012
April 27, 2012
Kyle Carpenter presents a mature, refined portfolio of elegant studio pottery. His annual spring solo show is eagerly awaited and always a solid performance. The pots are captivating on several levels, not least as a subtle study in balance between the tight controlled brushwork and softer happenstance of the salt flashing. Each year brings new forms and new patterns as Kyle deliberately presses forward with his investigations, rewarding us with both novel delights and familiar friends reconfigured
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As a studio potter, I work diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. It's seemingly less about the "ritual of the table" and more about respecting a long tradition of craftsmen before me and discovering my own voice. As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I'm interested in folk pottery of many origins. My native state of North Carolina offers a deep well of talented potters, both folk and contemporary, to look towards for inspiration.
Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. Before I was introduced to the ceramics arts, I did a fair amount of illustration before and during art school. The combination of three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional drawings was a natural fusion of both my love of drawing and pottery, art and craft. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.