Ceramic artist Joey Watson specialises in dreamscape creations of wondrous things fit for nothing and everything.
From ceramic straws, practical? Perhaps not but I want one. Too mugs with crazy handles that may not be suitable for a klutz like me, and yet I want the set. These silly yet satisfying creations from Watson allows viewers to question how they would participate with the objects, and orients them around an idea of ceremonial function.
The Kansas City Art Institute graduate also invites viewers to participate and interact with the objects he creates beyond the point of concept and purpose and to simply just enjoy them. He uses tools such as 3D rendering software, CNC milling, 3D printing, computerized gas kilns, and an electroencephalograph (EEG) to cultivate his work.
No matter the object however Watson's work always makes use of clay, a material irreplaceable due to its permanence. Despite the somewhat 'functional'
idea of his material he continues however to veer away from traditional pottery process that follow function and instead chooses to begin with an image of his imagination and manipulate it digitally until it finds a purpose.
We much prefer his way.
Words / Jamie-Maree Shipton