My current work in ceramics, Poprocks, examines clay’s geologic origins and its innate forms and surfaces. At this outset, I study and implement patterns of pedestrian soils, peculiar boulders, and crystalline aberrations. I focus these raw states of earth into vessels: cups, vases, and shot glasses, among others. Through manic colors and experimental surfaces, I aim to illustrate the mercurial and varied moods found beneath our feet. Poprocks synthesizes a sense of chthonian, earthen nature through a tangible lens of imaginable utility.
Grant Akiyama - Tulsa, Oklahoma 2022