|I am an artist from St. Paul, Minnesota. My primary focus is making functional ware. As a potter, I make ceramic vessels that are tools intended to facilitate the communion between humans and food/beverages. I am interested in the potential for this interaction to become part of public spectacle as well as an intimate ritual.
Organizing community is an important vein of my work. I have designed a process that allows for multiples to be produced. Sets with standardized volume allow me to encourage a group of people to experience my dinnerware together.
The character of my work reflects a desire for transparency in making. As a creator of handmade objects I believe it is important to breathe life into the work by accentuating the methods of construction rather than concealing the records of making. The elegance of my work lies in the evidence I leave of my fingers dancing across the malleable clay surface. My process of refinement is a matter of cultivating a surface embellished with my fingerprints. I want to celebrate the marks of my making. My intention is for the user to discover how I augment my deliberate touch and encourage a tangible bond between user and maker.
Teaching ceramic arts to children has helped me gain insight into how to add an uninhibited touch to my work. By attempting to capture the uninhibited playfulness of childhood, my wares reflect an authentic yet innovative style of functional-ware. I want to remove the pretension that a certain mode of craftsmanship is required to make a fine pot.
The record of my fingerprints is touched by the fingerprints of the user.
Nick Moen started working with clay at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a BFA degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. This fall he assisted Matt Kelleher at Penland School of Craft. He is currently making molded vessels with cone 3 earthenware.