Ashley Gauntt  |  Ceramic

My latest collections are inspired by objects that have the capability of flight, some of which also have the capability of destruction: rockets, missiles, torpedoes, bullets, airplanes, jets, spaceships, and even birds. I am inspired not only by their abillity to soar through the air, but also their similarities in shape and design, and how those relationships compare. Since I specialize in a variety of forms, lidded jars, and drinking vessels, I can correlate different flying objects to these different types of ceramics in relation to their purpose. For example, I craft a goblet, traditionally used for alcohol, to resemble a torpedo, as both the function and form have connotations of destruction. The lidded vessels often resemble the body of an airplane, as both constructs are generally used to store and transport their contents.