Hugh Henderson - Ceramics
I’m an artist that worked for 30 years in heavy industrial labor to help raise three daughters and my grandson. Now I’m trying to get back to where I once belonged. I do pottery for my own satisfaction in a studio in my backyard, surrounded by the garden. Since I don’t have to rely on pottery for my livelihood, it’s more enjoyable. It’s not about the money; it’s about the creative process.
The craftsman in me strives for utilitarian perfection. The artist in me tries to capture the essence of humanity, being imperfect. I do this with a constraint, which is a series of forms, and let intuition and spontaneity guide me toward the sensual. My pots are all unique but similar. I respond to what the form (pot) is telling me, the way it is trending toward. I recently have been influenced by George E. Ohr, the “mad Potter of Biloxi,” in that I am trying to push some of my work to the limit and at times to extreme distortion.
I believe that we are prisoners of our own experiences. The artist in me seeks to view the world from a different perspective. Artists are on the fringe of society looking in. My hope is that my pottery will give you a difference experience and bring a sense of joy to the user.