ALEX KACHENKO

I am a production potter with a focus on individualized vessels. I texture the surface of each piece and use a variety of light and dark stoneware clay bodies combined with custom glazes to create surfaces reminiscent of objects in the natural world or subjected to its forces, such as oxidation, convection, and crystal formation. I use the movement of clay on and off the wheel to create forms that feel as though they grew, having a life story rather than a moment of creation. Each form is unique in shape, design, and texture, but united by a focus on balance and function. I place special emphasis on drinking vessels, ensuring that handles are formed to the hand, and that shape and balance promote comfortable use without dictating the aesthetic.