Ceramic, underglaze, glaze, PE fiber, cotton, leather, brass
photos by Hannah Patterson
I began making these ceramic shorts while working in Bali, Indonesia. I was spending a lot of time going into the fields and jungles, day and night, searching for the many snakes that inhabit the island. I wanted to make a garment to wear, both functional and symbolic, to bring luck and power while looking for pythons. Like the Mande hunters’ shirts of Mali, adorned with amulets, animal parts, mirrors, and pouches to show mastery of and protection from the physical and spiritual forces of the jungle, I would create my shorts to help me in my quest.
Each tile is handmade from a porcelain blend and high-fired for strength. The glazed colors and pattern arrangement of the scale-like tiles reference the reticulated python, my chosen quarry, one of the largest and most beautiful snakes of Indonesia. The shorts, while seemingly impractical, are immensely comfortable. When donned they impart a feeling of transformation– the weight and slight clinking sound making every movement feel intentional and focused. As I walk through the forest I feel a heightened sense of purpose leading me on in my search. Searching for pythons.
Porcelain, underglaze, glaze, canvas, PE fiber
H: 32 in. W: 18 in. D: 9 in.
photo by Mercedes Jelinek
COAT II (THE SPACE WITHIN)
Porcelain, underglaze, glaze, china paint, PE fiber
H: 40 in. W: 17 in. D: 9 in.
photo by E. G. Schempf
Earthenware, glass, nichrome wire, underglaze, glaze, china paint, PE fiber