there are things that we find around our house that have a sole purpose of being useful. that is their one and only reason for existence. we’re talking about things that are as mundane as teapots and vases.
but imagine if there was something deeper about these everyday objects. what if someone peeped inside them and looked into their souls?
michael boronic – a sculptor and designer from berkshire county, massachusetts did just that. after graduating from the rhode school of design, he set his sights on a teapot and over time moved on to moulding vases. the process that he follows starts on the potter’s wheel, he then slices through the soft clay to change the traditional shape.
at this point, you’re probably wondering why would anyone do that. in a recent instagram post, michael explained his thought process behind this form of art.
he says, “this process reveals aspects of the vase that most rarely encounter. within the walls, maker’s marks become evident and contribute to the texture. the resultant ribbon effect, reminiscent of a wheel trimming, lends fragility, elegance, and motion to a medium generally perceived as hard and heavy. this emphasizes a resistance of gravity, allowing negative space to unravel and become part of the form.”
these de-constructed vases and teapots have become the hallmark of michael boronic’s work. a body of work that has been exhibited in places like gumps, san francisco and the lyons weir gallery.