Greg Holmes


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Greg Holmes woodfired teabowl
Kanji Lidded Vessels
Haiku Verse-Vessls
Triangular Forms&Vessels

During my last 35 years of making a living as a commercial photographer, graphic designer, and creative director, I continued to dream about my 1970s college experiences with clay. In the fall of 2010, I left the corporate world and began looking into the feasibility of working full-time in clay. In the fall of 2011, I took that plunge and can now define myself as a “re-emerging” clay artist.

Artist Statement:

I am drawn to Nature’s fascinating designs, beautiful forms, interesting textures, and earth-tone colors. These elements powerfully influence my experiences with clay. Although my re-start in clay was on the familiar potter’s wheel, I soon began to explore the world of hand building. This new direction was based on a need, as well as a promise, to combine my brother’s Japanese haiku poetry with my clay work.

This challenge also took me outside my comfort zone of wheel-thrown forms, both technically and aesthetically. I began to explore different hand-building techniques and to make, see, and remake clay shapes such as hexagonal tubes, triangular forms, and convex/concave cylinders. Revolution became evolution, and the unfamiliar became familiar. These new explorations gave rise to the ceramic haiku vessels and my signature, asymmetrical, vertical clay forms that have become foundations for such things as verse, symbols, metal, wood, texture, and glaze patterns.

Despite, and maybe because of, being away from clay for so long, I found that the exploration of new directions presented itself quite naturally with child-like imagination and without any known boundaries. I was not compelled to follow rules that I did not know or could not remember. The freedom I have experienced with making, glazing, and firing my ceramic forms has been exhilarating.