Robin Kline

What I strive for in my work, is to maintain a sense of the process in the finished pieces and to overcome the dichotomy between the fluidity and plasticity of the process of throwing pots and the permanence and often static quality of finished pieces. The phrase that characterizes my esthetic is to achieve “movement in stillness”.

I have tried to describe my work in five adjectives as a way to focus my goals. The first and most basic is functional. All of my work is meant to serve a function and to be used. The next is instinctive. My work comes from within in an instinctive, non-cerebral way — the process is very basic and essential to who I am. My pots are organic; they relate to natural patterns and biologic rhythms and are inspired by patterns and forms in nature — the designs the tide makes in the sand, the bark of a tree, the colors of a sunset, the shape of a gourd — rhythms and decorations that should seem to grow from the form. My pots are exuberant, full of joyous enthusiasm to reflect the joy and unreserved energy I feel in making them. And finally, they are audacious — I fearlessly take chances in making my pottery and I hope they reflect that verve and originality.

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