Birdie Boone, 2008-2009 Lincoln Fellow
Boone received her BA in studio fine art from the College
of William and Mary in Virginia in 1994 and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts,
Dartmouth in 2005. She has worked at
Peter's Valley Craft Center, Watershed Center for Ceramics,
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Worcester Center
for Crafts. Birdie has also taught ceramics at Emory & Henry
College in Virginia, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,
and at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts.
"The ceramic work I have been engaged in over the past year and a half during my residency tenure at the Archie Bray Foundation has been a series of refinements of my utilitarian forms and my firing method. I am particularly excited by what has been an intensive investigation of color and surface texture as they relate to my pots within the realm of what I call ‘domestic intimacy’.
In sensual terms, many of us experience a recognition of domestic intimacy through our emotional connections to the act of nourishing ourselves physically. My pottery forms and surfaces are subtle emotional translations or expressions of both a combination of memories of past domestic experience and of the current domestic realities that ultimately shape my identity both physically and mentally.
Although utility is what I ultimately engage in celebrating through my ceramic work, I also present ‘assemblages’ of my pots in order to encourage the viewer to consider the possibility that pots are so much more than the current reality of how they are perceived. These assemblages also serve as an objective expression of my own intuitions about the dual nature of physical and emotional nourishment.
My most recent work reflects, for me, an awareness of my own body shape/condition and the soft, sensual glaze surfaces of my pots that once referenced skin and family connections are evolving into another duality: you are what you eat. I sense the need for sweetness everywhere and I recognize over and over again the reciprocity between mind and body and the growing need to satisfy cravings that are no longer clearly recognized or defined, a need for the little things that make our hectic lives momentarily sweeter."
Current work can be viewed at www.bbceramics.com.