My studio investigation is a search for beauty through simplicity and imperfection. My wares are made for intimate conversations with their user- connected through function, ritual, and history. I strive to make work which inspires creative decisions through utility and action, hoping to slow down time and allow for a moment of exhale. I am fascinated with the traditions associated with pottery and invested in the craft and humility this practice entails.
Themes of commerce, commodity, and exchange are highlighted through the nature that is functional pottery. How are these items traded? What does this say about the exchange of labor for money? The nuances of labor, economy, and a personal awareness of what we give to receive are ever present, even though something as commonplace as a mug.
Sustainability and bounty are other elements that come into play when discussing objects mean to hold, present, and store food. These forms excite me not only for their technical challenges, but for how they can be used to instigate small yet sustainable changes into our daily lives. It is a way to be fully aware not only within our own moments, but on a more global scale as well.
Repetition and rhythm have become a meditation of sorts through my process of making, along with a keen awareness of memory. Cattail grass surrounding sandy shores, the blue sheen of frozen lake water, the green of fresh spring grass- such vibrant sensations inform the surfaces and motifs present on my pots- composed of repetitive actions, yet never perfectly replicated.
Morgan Rairigh is a studio potter who recently relocated to the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY. She received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in May of 2017. She studied under Master Potter John Fulwood at Kissimmee River Pottery in Flemington, NJ for several years. In addition to teaching and maintaining her own studio practice, Morgan works as a Business Development Manager at Vizella Media in Lansing, NY. Stay tuned for updates as the Upstate NY move progresses!