Reciprocity · Isabelle Soulé

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Reciprocity · Isabelle Soulé

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As I sit at the potter’s wheel, my ceramic art mirrors my work in global health – at times responsive and smooth, sometimes lumpy and off balance, and often joyful in ways I could not have imagined beforehand. Both the clay and I must remain responsive in order for the relationship to be successful. Thus, ceramic art carries valuable lessons in reciprocity, interconnection, and humility.

My clay work is composed almost entirely of utilitarian vessels designed to contain things. As such, they allude to the values of abundance, usefulness, and generosity – attributes needed when working across significant cultural and worldview differences. Pots being held or in a communal eating space imply a relationship between use and user and the unique beauty of the clay objects can help set the tone for the interactions that take place among those who use them. Thus, functional clay objects take on a pivotal significance in families and communities, as sharing food lies at the heart of all human societies.

My pots are being created during an era of frenzied activity, visual and auditory commotion, and unprecedented global upheaval and violence. Therefore, I keep them simple. In their simplicity, I hope to convey a sense of quiet and nourishment for body and spirit. My hope is that through my ceramic art, the user deepens their appreciation of functional pots, discovers the seduction of the perfect fit, and experiences beauty, restfulness, and sensuality in the act of consuming food and drink.

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