Matt Hallyburton

WhenNorth Carolina potter, Matt Hallyburton potters talk about the nature of clay, plasticity is commonly named as the fundamental quality that clay possesses. It is the quality that most potters are trying to take advantage of in their work by coaxing workable clay into its form. Some might use very soft clay to leave a gesture or some intentional movement while others might use stiffer clay to precisely control the form in which they are trying to achieve. Though if we only focus on the moment in which clay is plastic, we would be ignoring 99% of its life. Without considering these non-plastic periods of time I think we miss a lot of what clay is about. Clay’s moment of being plastic is just a brief chapter of a much more complex story. It is this other 99% of clay’s development that I try to consider in my work.

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