Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Aleisha Ellis is a ceramic artist based in Atlanta, Georgia creating ceramics under the name Utility Objects. She produces a range of stoneware pottery home goods for modern everyday use. Each one of a kind piece is designed primarily on the potters wheel emphasizing the raw beauty of clay which is imbued with simplicity and texture. The minimal and natural design is inspired by wabi sabi and modern ceramic arts.
Q&A With This Artist
A: I create stoneware pottery home goods on the potters wheel using clay consisting of manganese or high iron. This produces clays that feature dark speckles and rich blacks that are reminiscent of basaltic rock and natural earth. In my studio zero clay goes to waste each clay scraps or damaged work gets recycled into a clay slurry to be mixed dried and used again or if mixed with a different clay color it will become a marble pottery piece.
A: The naturality of clay makes me very passionate about pottery. I think it's nice to have a connection to the outside world through functional objects. Plus I really enjoy the idea of pottery being a tool to bring people together in the home especially around the table. This brings a warmth to the home and that warmness is expressed again through the color palette/ comfortable tactility of my work.
A: The attention to detail seems to come up a lot with customers. It's very important to me that a functional piece of pottery feels good and comfortable. For example, It is intended that a ceramic pot when made will last a life time and if so I would love for my work to feel comfortable. Whether it's by glazing the rim of a cup and making it round to adding contours for your hands to rest (as seen on the dimple tumblers) all these little changes make a huge difference.
A: I love the work by Takashi Endo, Simone Bodmer Turner and Minimalist like Sol Lewitt and Donald Judd. All different artist in their own right but they all stay true to the materials/medium they work with and I am always inspired by them.
A: Engaging with craftsman, also known as artisans is fast becoming a trend. It is now more than ever that more people want to be apart of the artistic community by supporting local makers. This is because people are now more conscious of where they are sourcing their food, clothing, home goods etc and what that means for the community and even the environment that they live in. Engaging with these makers brings a huge sense of collectivism which is essential to starting cultural bonds.
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