Founder of Bauhaus, Walter Gropius once said, “Design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in society.” My functional pottery is an illustration of this philosophy.
In my work, I aim to generate a unified compositional relationship between form and surface. With shape, line, pattern, and color, I respond to each pot’s construction and form. My exploration of processes stemming from 3D modeling/slip casting, press-molding, and hand building impart architectural structure in my forms while my use of intricate surface design application communicates a geometric visual language to the viewer. Incomplete lines paired with bold geometric shapes that divide the surface, provide a feeling of balance and movement throughout the piece. Masses and voids established by a rectangular indentation on a cup or the ridge on a plate, serve as formal elements; purposeful diagrams for hand placement or food tools, while reprising visual elements of the surface design. The object therefore gains value beyond its visual aesthetics by having its formal elements connected directly to its function.
Pottery is meaningful in the way it allows for both personal expression and proximity between object and user. I am interested in pottery as an ingress to an experience. A pot solicits interaction, not just viewing. The meaning of a pot changes through experience, gaining content through use. By exploring the intersections between craft and design, I hope to enhance the art and act of dining with a sense of complexity and intention in each piece’s form and surface.
Sara Alfieri grew up in a small town in Upstate, New York. She received her BFA from Illinois State University in 2020. After her undergraduate education, Alfieri completed a Graduate Student-At-Large program at Illinois State University. The following year, Alfieri completed a Post-baccalaureate program at Colorado State University. Alfieri is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is evolving her art practice and teaching as an instructor of record. She has been fortunate enough to exhibit her work nationally and was featured in the 2021 "Exposure" section of Ceramics Monthly.