Paul Donnelly Ceramics
Tea CupsSake SetLidded JarsPitcherPlace SettingSalad BowlTea CupsTea PotLarge JarNesting set
These pieces, made from about 2002 to 2005, were the first cohesive body of work that explored the notion of function. I was interested in creating ceramic pieces that were more sincere as an object. I felt that function was an excellent vehicle to accomplish this because of its familiar nature. Growing up my family ate dinner together at the dinning room table at least 4 nights a week. This experience unknowingly set the aesthetic for this body of work. These works combined a sense of elegance and formality while at the same time illustrated notions of the handmade. The work created during this time were similar to one another, I was attracted to replicating the essence of fine china but from the potters point of view. With these works there was also a focus on incorporating architectural elements in combination with complex serving pieces.