Shawn Ireland: Solo
Dedicated to Douglass Rankin (1948-2022)
This collection of pots was made during a period of grieving the loss of one of my most influential friends and teachers, Douglass Rankin.
The making philosophies of Douglass and Will Ruggles, of Rock Creek Pottery, are the foundation of everything I have made in clay over the past thirty years. In 1991, I watched Douglass put an animal on a lidded jar and had no idea what a catalyst that would be for the Animalware pots I now make.
This clay and these pots were made with loving gratitude in the bright light of Douglass’s creative spirit.
Artist Statement “Most everything I do in my daily life relates to my passion for art. I surround myself with what I find beautiful and seek out images and objects that resonate. I love making things at the wheel or the easel and I love being lost in the moments of making or “in the search”. Watching, feeling and experiencing the beautiful natural qualities of clay and oil paint are what make this searching such a pleasure. Working from a foundation of folk tradition, I make pots with food, flowers and candles in mind.
For me, this involves using a variety of hand processed local clays and glaze materials, single firing in a gas/wood burning kiln, and using a kick wheel. These ingredients promote surprises and keep my craft connected to the natural world."