Preston Saunders

Boyden Hall
September 9 - October 30/2013



The intention of this body of work is to construct metaphoric vessels that are concerned with ceremonial presentations and are referential to nature and our busy society. Time always tends to pass us by and we are never really sure where it goes. We can easily pass by a mountain but never really have time to appreciate it.  By using the form of a teapot, combined with influences from Chinese Scholar Rocks, and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, I am making visual and historical connections to the Tea Ceremony, and the philosophies associated with Scholar Rocks. Tea, and the Tea Ceremony have been a sacred ritual for hundreds of years. It has been and is still today, a time for reflection and appreciation through the use of tea, it is often viewed as “one moment in time never to be repeated” Chinese Scholar Rocks have been visual representations of nature since early Zhou Dynasty.  By combining these traditions, ideas, and forms I am illustrating the idea of slowing down not only to appreciate nature, family, and friends, but also to become more aware of the simple pleasures of life and realize that they may never be repeated.

I enjoy learning from our history and incorporating this with thoughts of the future. The forms I make suggest a mystic presence found in the past but produced in the present. The use of a variety of different firing and processing techniques allows me to create through a series of planned uncertainties thus symbolizing life and all it has to offer.


Preston Saunders