Mugshot Monday with Scott JenningsAs ceramic artists, we often struggle and strive to make pieces that are perfectly centered, round in every way. San Francisco based ceramic artist Scott Jennings celebrates the beauty that can come from "off-centeredness". He intentionally creating pieces that undulate and bulge in a way that suggests constant movement and plasticity.
All of his work is hand-built, and rather than attempting to disguise hand-built work as wheel-thrown work, Mr. Jennings highlights the seams he uses to join the paper thin porcelain slabs, and even often emphasizes fingerprints and other marks made by his hand during the process of rolling, texturing, and joining the delicate porcelain. He then chooses lightly tinted transparent glazes to accentuate the soft and subtle textures which have been rolled or pressed into the clay before the slabs were manipulated.
“I choose to make pottery because of the excitement and satisfaction that I get from discovering new forms. I am interested in utilitarian vessels and find that they provide endless avenues to explore form and surface design. Each piece that I make stands in stark contrast to the manufactured goods of the world around us; they are imperfect, irregular, and not exactly repeatable. I strive to make pieces that are visually stunning and that have friendly tactile qualities. Ultimately I hope that the user contemplates how ceramics with unique characteristics can fit into and enhance their daily routines.” - Scott Jennings