Andy Rogers BiographyLOCATED: Omaha, NE
MATERIALS: Porcelain, black stoneware, carbide, resin
SURFACE: Glazes, terra sigilata, stains, acrylic sealer
Andy Rogers StatementMy passion is creating art for the pure exploration of my own creativity and a constant reflection of what excites me. I have come to realize that the most important thing an artist can do is be true to, and explore themselves. My stimulation is, and always has been, found in the untouched areas around us. Each piece is an individual expression of the uniqueness that I find in naturally occurring objects. For me, there is nothing more exciting than finding and viewing colors, textures, patterns, and forms that I had not seen before. My intent is not to replicate these objects, but to simply translate what I have seen in unique and interesting ways. I work to embody the subtle delights of these details that can only be seen through intense investigation of the piece. Beauty for me is the quiet, the growing, the naturally emerging vessels produced by the earth. I in turn push my creativity to develop new objects that could likely be found living and growing in nature. How do they work? How do they happen? Why are they there? How do they differ? What else is hidden from my view for me to find? My inspiration lies in these questions, however, the most important question for myself is: What can my own mind create to instill that curiosity about our natural world for others?
These are some images of objects in our natural world that have inspired me to create my work. I do not strive to copy. Rather, I try to emulate and incorporate different aspects of these objects into my pieces. It is very interesting that so many different naturally occurring things have similar shapes in very different enviroments. It is also curious to me how they often grow in like groupings and patterns.