Tom Alward Statement
As a ceramic artist I strive to demonstrate the unfiltered essence of clay in its natural and solitary existence. I am captivated by the elemental splendor of the material and its direct correlation to the variety of weathered landscapes, mineral deposits, chiseled rock and carved riverbeds throughout the wilderness. This immense force of erosion and gradual geologic change humbles and challenges my everyday perception.
A vessel of clay has the unique ability to bring an up-close interaction of raw earth into physical and psychological space. Ultimately, I explore the struggle of harsh beauty and investigate the honesty of clay as an interpretive medium.