In 2011, Justin Alman began working on his own personal pottery style. This style was in the form of carving visual elements onto the surfaces of pots that he would throw and hand build. He started out with simple texture and shapes, then, moved on to visual scenes with the mountains in mind. This lead to a more in depth exploration into the concept of unfulfilled dreams in ones own life, and the struggle for balance to reclaim them. He always lived in a place that was never where he wanted to be, he always worked a job he never really wanted to work. He always picked a life path that in truth was the dream of another. He wanted people to have pottery that reflected those dreams of being somewhere or seeing something they would rather be a part of. So he chose natural setting framed on the side of coffee mugs or other ceramic vessels of some sort. The vessel represents the life of a person and how full and fulfilled you chose to make it.
About The Artist
Since Japanese woodcuts and tattoos are a representation of a movement, natural setting, personal achievement, personal conflict, or an emotional instant caught in a artistic design. He chose to incorporate that style into his work. It is no secret that he admire the Japanese pottery and have a degree in history mainly centered on Chinese and Japanese history, 1550 CE to modern times. With Japanese pottery and north Carolina pottery having such a close resemblance, a similar climate, a sorted past, and majestic setting cloaked in mystery. This has always drawn me to both cultures. He decided to mix the two styles and add my own personal meaning and style as well. It is my goal to bring both, cultures, styles, and my own search for balance and self fulfillment into a pottery style all my own.
Represents industrial era 1890 to 1920 ash glaze. 8″ x 8″. Cone 10.
5.5 x 5.5 x 4.5. Spray Glaze. Cone 8.