JIM WHALEN

The creative impulse is made up of curiosity and desire. It’s manifestation in clay is defined as
the process of exploration and refinement. Working both these processes leads to creative
evolution - the essence of which is spiritual in nature.

The Vessels
My pots are wheel thrown, burnished, and coated with terra sigillata. After bisque firing, patterns and images are created with wax resist. The pots then go through a two stage firing process:
the first is a low temperature salt firing; the second a sawdust firing. Both firings produce random chaotic markings on the surface of each pot. The wax resist separates the effects caused by each process into distinct areas giving definition to the patterns without losing the vitality of chaos.

The patterns are like songs, each pot, a live performance. The songs are about the mystery and
magic of the paradox, the great void and the creative impulse and the membrane of imagination. My subject matter is not of this world but rather where and how it’s created.

To Seel
There is a way of looking at things where you can see and feel at the same time.  This I call “Seel”.  It is also a way of thinking where ideas are not arranged in levels, but three dimensionally in space.  The function of the pots is an invitation to Seel.

The Creative Impulse
The creative impulse is made up of curiosity and desire. It’s manifestation in clay is defined as
the process of exploration and refinement. Working both these processes leads to creative
evolution the essence of which is spiritual in nature.

My body is like a hand - the head being the thumb, reaching into the swirling energy surrounding me. Grabbing and holding onto a time and place I’ve created to do this thing with clay.  A simple thing really - create a feeling.  When you touch a pot, it touches you back.