Heather A.F. Binder
MFA '22 Fine Arts Low-Residency
I am a form-driven ceramic artist who treats ceramics as an embedded and significant element of my spiritual practice, which also includes yoga and meditation. My creative process requires mindfulness, patience, and attention to detail over time. I believe that clay has the potential to teach us about its relationship to the earth, impermanence, and transformation. My journey is in a constant state of flow and change. It is no surprise that both movement and stillness materialize in my artwork. In stillness, I notice what generally goes unnoticed. I often use photography, sketches or video to catch an image as detailed inspiration for further study. I envision the sculpture and shape of the vessel, then the carving that will enhance the form. I don’t seek to replicate the inspiring image, but to interpret it. My process of creation is a flow that builds movement, growth, structure and interaction into each work. The piece becomes an expression of the experience. I have learned to trust in this process. The rhythms of marking and form-making are an active trance of intention where for me, time disappears. Each finished piece often resembles an object that may be familiar to the viewer, who may not recognize the subject enough to put a name to it.