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Tom Jaszczak

Tom Jaszczak

Profile Location
Helena , MT

Tom Jaszczak is originally from Minnesota. He has completed residencies at the Armory Art Center and the Archie Bray Foundation. Recently, he has show work at Trax Gallery, Greenwich House Pottery and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He was also named an emerging artist at the 2016 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference.

Artist Statement

Form and Line drive my making. Line accents the changes in direction of rims, feet and form. These lines are physical and engage the user, but also serve to break up the pot visually. Formally my work has volume, it speaks of generosity. My pots are minimal and are rooted in the traditional Minnesota pottery I grew up admiring, I want my work to be paired down to the essentials emphasizing the fundamentals of pots and be truly useful. Form communicates a pots gesture; it speaks of utility, my pots reference common shapes and engage ones imagination. 

I seek a balance between tradition and modern. My decoration is minimal or often a simple graphic, placement of this moment is essential to the focal point of each pot. My pots have layers, first the decoration that is bright yet flat and in the foreground. Second the slip that has a rich depth in surface and finally the ruggedness of the clay with scrapes and small pits. The cumulative journey of a pot tells a story and the story brings the user into the moment of making and firing. Slips, trimming lines, finger marks, edges, wad marks, drips, scratches and shadows capture a moment in time and tell more of the story. I react to every firing with new ideas and new information; this keeps the overall process fresh and exciting. A successful pot has depth through these processes, obtains humbleness through form and both a thoughtfulness and playfulness in function.


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