Ashtonn Means

Artist Statement

As a ceramic artist, my intention is to develop work that combines aesthetics and functionality. Through my artwork, I explore anthropomorphic forms and create pieces that pose individually in personality and whimsical nature. These animated forms are infused with a life-like presence. The performing arts are a catalyst for the surface designs, forms, and glazes. My specific inspiration has developed out of Middle Eastern dance traditions with costume design, henna, and dynamic movements that I seek to illustrate through individual and expressive means. 

The forms I create explore the soft and, sometimes dramatic, curves of the female figure that have both sensual and nurturing qualities. The arrangement of items into couples and small groupings communicates the connection and intimacy with relationships and conversations. This is illustrated by interactions between the forms themselves and how they are displayed together. I appreciate the freedom and connection that ceramic art allows. As an artist, I seek to convey a specific message, feeling, and thought to everyone who interacts with a piece as part of their daily life by establishing an intimacy between artist and user.