Mindy Horn

"My ceramic works take the form of sculptural vessels and wall pieces.  I often see the sculpture in my mind first, and then discover its meaning.  In making the piece, I set up a series of visual rules for the work’s construction.  It is important to me that the process of making the work has a relationship to its meaning. 

I have been thinking about what it is to grow, which is to say, what it is to become imperfect.  A life, an idea, a construction are all born with the perfection of their plan, but the plan is untested.  As things live in the world, they are nurtured and buffeted by forces beyond their control.  I believe that the struggles and bends in the plan that occur as a result of these forces ultimately make a life and a work of art more beautiful and more layered in meaning.  The imperfect becomes more significant than the perfect.

The idea of multiplicity is also important in my work.  I make ceramic objects in series and present them that way.  I am drawn to the resonance created by a group of pieces that were begun with the same design, but grew to be distinct in their creation.

I made the elements of Chorus over a long period of time.  Each bead was made by hand, using the same process, but each came out looking slightly different.  Each section was made the same way, but was, in the end, distinct from the others when complete.  The singularity of my technique and the variation that evolved created a “chorus” of my first intention.

I work in porcelain because of its sensuous, tactile qualities.  Part of my process is to place stresses on the clay and force it to respond and change.  The whiteness of porcelain gives me the ability to paint on a clean canvas.  Some of my pieces remain unglazed or uncolored so that the clay’s texture is most visible.  When I do use color, I take advantage of the fact that clay absorbs color differently as it dries and is fired, and I layer my colors and glazes throughout the process.

I believe that the particular qualities of dimension, curve, texture and color in a work of art are ultimately what compel a person toward intimacy, to welcoming the art into their life.  I believe the experience of art gives us a moment of sanctuary, a moment that touches our emotions and our intellect.  It lifts us from the mundane and awakens us."