Alix Williams is from Bremen, Georgia and graduating in May 2021 with a BA in Fine Arts. She developed a passion for ceramics in her sophomore year of college. She enjoys making pottery and sculpture, and after she graduates she plans to explore interior design career options and continue creating as a freelance artist.
Illumine introduces sculpture into the home by combining pottery and sculpture skills. I created a series of mixed media lamps of varying size, shape, and design. An Art Deco inspiration is shown in a minimalistic way through the shapes of the pieces, the patterns and shapes that have been carved out, and through the geometric monotype prints. The stylistic inspiration allows the audience to see my pieces as a either body of work that can belong in a gallery when placed together, or as a single lamp that holds residence in a home. The prints on the interiors of the lamps add an extra layer of depth and color, and adds to the sculptural quality of the lamps when illuminated.
This body of work represents the love I have for both pottery and sculpture, and my new interest in printmaking. I combined the two parts of ceramics to envelope everything that I know and love about clay- sculpture making, domestic ware, and hand building. These pieces are far different from anything I have created before, so they represent a shadow of the old work I have completed with a glimmer of future works and styles.
These lamps are created with natural materials of minerals and mulberry fibers that are transformed to clay, paper, and ink. They are then manipulated through slab rolling, hand building, and fine art printmaking into the assembled work presented here for my final Capstone exhibition. Each piece involved hand building with medium-fire clay, surface treatments of clear glaze coating, and individualized monotype printmaking with oil-based inks on Japanese Kozo paper. Each piece has been electrified to further its utilitarian function as a device for illumination and environmental augmentation.