John Oles

Ceramic vase with the appearance of sagging drapery

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Artist Statement

I am, by nature, a maker. As a maker of objects, I believe that truth and insight into our own human nature can be revealed to us through the practice and process of creating with our hands. I believe in the power of the handmade object to communicate with people, on a subconscious level, the fragility and intimacy of the temporal moment.

The feeling of a warm cup of coffee in your hands on a cold morning, the first sight of fresh bird tracks in the newly fallen snow, touching the creased and weathered skin stretched smooth and taught around aged cheekbones, all of these serve as reminders of our own fleeting mortality and invite our reflection upon the human condition. It is with this in mind that the work I make speaks to the act of embracing the moment.

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