HELGE SPETH

All of my pieces are hand-built, ceramic, and Raku-fired. Much of my work resembles forms from nature, showing a connectedness to the earth. Organic shapes intrigue me, often sparking ideas that I then pursue until they lead to visually pleasing forms with an expression of their own. Usually, I don’t have a definite concept of the finished piece when I begin -- I rather try to remain receptive to coincidental changes of the form as it develops, so that I might preserve a sense of spontaneous, free-form gesture that captures the essence of my inspiration.  

Recently, I have begun to incorporate pieces of rusty metal into my work. Iron, just like clay, an integral part of the earth that has been marked by passage of time and exposure to the elements, beholds a wondrous beauty on its rusty surface. It intrigues me to include objects with a prior purpose, thus creating a connection between a past and new future identity.  

The Raku method, with its ever-changing effects of flame and smoke, can create magical results that are a perfect juxtaposition to the rough, rusty iron. It is a primeval aesthetic that I strive to achieve, a sense of spontaneous, raw, and unadulterated beauty without frills.