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Alex Olson

When I make art, I treasure the feeling of being present, acutely focused, and directly engaged with

the materials and environment at hand. I am driven by a sense of curiosity in the nuances of the natural world, the power of careful observation, and the transformation of raw materials. The constant motion of the landscape - weather, light, shadows, and fauna - feeds my desire to create and inspires the organic shapes and textures in my art. I design my wooden bowls and vessels to highlight the unique features of a given piece of wood: the knots, cracks, figure, and natural edge characteristics. I am drawn to clay’s inherent  malleability, and craft utilitarian forms that people can integrate into their daily routines surrounding food and drink. Through intimate tactile experiences with my handmade pots, I hope the user appreciates the subtleties in color, shape, texture, and weight, and gains a heightened awareness of how they interact with the spaces and objects around them. Drawing, painting, photography, and videography are rewarding ways to document my experiences, and allow me to think critically about how I observe and record the surrounding landscape.

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