Megan Frose started to work with clay in high school and from the very first project on the potters wheel, it was love at first sight. With a few small projects over the years in middle school, working with clay didn’t seem too interesting and it looked like a very messy hobby to take on. Yet even though working on the potters wheel can tend to be a whole lot messier than making little sculptures with tools, something about taking a lump of clay, a little bit of water and an idea, then turning it into something useful, clearly changed her mind.
From a young age, Megan has always taken an interest with art, whether it’s drawing realistic still-life pictures or spending hours painting away at an image she came across. And during her last year of high school, she found a way to combine both drawing and clay, which leads to the pieces of work she makes currently.
Being a fascinating material taken from the ground, manipulated on a wheel then fired over a 1000 degrees Celsius, Megan hopes to bring back a little bit of the nature that it was found in. With simplistic and comfortable forms, Megan chooses subtle glazes to work along side her carvings. Each piece is unique and made with a lot of thought, hoping to bring happiness to whoever receives them.
“Working with ceramics came out of my love of painting and drawing. I quickly learned that ceramics gave me a very different way of presenting my illustrative artwork. Creating drawings in a sketchbook restricts you to a flat sheet of paper but drawing on a ceramic form allows the artwork to be transformed to 3D, creating endless possibilities.
I am focusing on simple forms that are functional and comfortable to use. Inspired by historical vessels from the Northern Song Dynasty in China and from the Joseon Dynasty in Korea.
Choosing to work with red and white clay, I paint a slip that contrasts well with the red or white clay body to create a blank space to carve away at to the clay below. The slip and the carvings accentuate the contrast between the slip, carving, and the clay. I choose simple glazes and forms that allow the carved work to be the focus of the piece.”
Photos by David Gluns