The garden is an endless inspiration for my work as an artist. I have a huge garden that is grown for my PAPERMAKING STUDIO. The papers I make use all the different kinds of flowers and leaves to make a very artful and sophisticated product. Florabunda is what I call the look of my papers. there’s a complete bouquet in every sheet of stationary. perfect as a wedding invitation jacket.
The POTTERY STUDIO uses the inspiration in a more indirect way. Vines, leaves, flowers, and seeds are painted over a shino base glaze. The pottery is functional. I love all materials maybe I should call myself a mix-media artist.
My current body of work embraces the dreams and nightmares of old. Things that go bump, and bump hard in the night have been explored in a more playful manor. Daydreams from my childhood have been illustrated using imagery found in sailor’s tales of sea monsters and night terrors. My fondness of Japanese block prints, as well as short poems helps develop the stylized patterns, subject matter and execution of the work. Finally, I have chosen to fire this work (painstaking as it is to create) in a wood fueled kiln. This allows the elements to leave their mark on each piece. In some cases it will obscure part of the narrative, leaving you the viewer to add your imagination to fill the gap.
I became interested in ceramics through frequent visits, as a child and young person, to the Asian Art collection at the de Young Museum, in San Francisco. I came to marvel that many of the pieces in the Japanese collection had grace and simplicity combined with great movement and dynamism. I came to work in clay myself. Currently I have been exploring surface design through slip trailing. I like the way it imparts a tactile sense to the work. I have been developing a line of glazes that works well with this technique and lets the slip designs shine through it.
My work is primarily wheel thrown and hand altered pots. I refer to them as vessels, so they can be enjoyed in any function so desired. My work reflects my philosophy to keep moving and growing – spiritually, physically, emotionally, intellectually and I pray to God that the work gives people joy, happiness and/or a good laugh.
Andrew Nasser was born and raised in Fall River, MA, and has been working as a potter for the last two years in Warren, RI under the guise, Nasseramics. He primarily produces drinkware, dinnerware, and some decor. He prefers simple glazing techniques and lightly textured forms that interact in interesting ways. Being a full time graphic designer, he enjoys incorporating typography into his work as well. Each of his pieces has unique sayings on the foot ring, which makes it an experience for viewers to try to find one that resonates with their personality. His goal is not simply to create simple mugs and bowls that have one function, but something that can be a conversation starter.
Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest and now residing in Tiverton, RI I tend to incorporate elements of the ocean and farmland into my pottery. I have developed many of my own unique glazes that reflect the colors and feelings that are evoked in me while being surrounded by the water and land.