When I work with clay I am reminded that anything is possible. A lump of clay can turn into any size or shape imaginable. The process of working with clay is very humbling; at any point in time I can destroy the piece with the slightest movement, or distort it into something that I might not be able to repeat. When my work is going well, I don’t think twice about my decisions, it is instinctual. I am interested in bridging the gap between being a studio potter and the fine arts world. Every time I work with clay I try to progress, to get better, to master the media. I learn from my mistakes and build upon the experience. Each piece is one of a kind, unique to its self. I feel like I'm working with a blank canvas when I glaze my work. Every piece gets individual attention and focus. I create situations that mirror nature by allowing the glazes to blend together and flow down the curvy shapes of each form. I know a piece is done because I get an intuitive feeling to stop. When people see my work, I would like them to identify themselves in some way in my work, to be reminded of a memory. I’d like the viewer to enjoy my artwork, by using it on a daily basis, or just displaying it as it is.
Jack Roddy joined Fine Art America on February 11th, 2011.