Lukas Rahlson '07 Artist's Statement
Ceramics from day one has been a release for me. I always seem to throw my best when I am stressed the most. The wheel and the clay really bring me back to the center and allow me to relax and listen to music or to enjoy a deep silence. Lately I have been throwing a ball form and using horse hair to special-effect fire my pieces. The black lines contrasting the white clay really bring a piece to life. I love the controlled chaos of the lines burning into the pot. I can choose where to put the horse hair, but I can't control how it will change the pot. The intended chaos draws the eye not only to the form of the pot but to the texture and surface. I can always make time to control a chaotic life with ceramics but I can never tell for sure what will happen with it or when it might draw my gaze.