Zan Barnes

Zan Barnes

      Pottery is very much about the physical interaction with the ceramic object, the balance of a piece in the hand, subtle texture over the surface and how the hand will find and experience these areas in a very direct way.  I am interested in how the regimented linear geometric patterns and the repetition of my stamps contrast with and accentuate the curves of the thrown form as well as the organic shapes left by the caress of the soda vapor.  This innate mark making that the soda creates has led me to a very organic collaboration with the kiln itself.  My stamped patterns are built from a single small triangular element.  My goal in the repetition of this single element is for the individual stamp to disappear into the larger rhythms of the pattern.  Though the stamping itself is the dominant decorative element, I am also delighted by the negative space created by offsetting the patterning so it locks together and creates a dynamic parallel of the pattern in the negative space between rows.  Due to the rather deep impressions I create with the physical act of stamping the inside surface of the vessel bears an echo of the patterning on the exterior.