“I work on the potter’s wheel making forms that I can alter and reassemble. I am inspired by old industrial shapes, old equipment and farm implements. I fire most often using Raku as it enables me to give a patina of age and antiquity.
As I see it, industrial objects were once shiny and bright, with the aura of promise. Then after years of use they are worn and discarded, usually in a field or an industrial lot. It is there, in the arms of nature that they gain a second life and with a new patina, acted upon by the natural elements, they become beautiful works of sculpture. My aim is to give the feeling of those elements and parts, not to replicate them, but engage the viewer in a dialogue with such things to find that kind of beauty and enjoyment. Influences include Mark deSuervo, Hans Coper, Don Reitz, Willem de’Kooning and my uncle, John Warren, who could build anything out of anything.” - Michael Lancaster