ter a long day in the studio, I oten unwindand relax by watching a movie while snack-ing. Going to the kitchen, I collect the ap-propriate pots, bag o chips, dip and drinks.Careully juggling all these items back to the couch,I sometimes spill dip and chips along the way. Atercleaning the mess, I can fnally relax.Practical issues based around comort, convenienceand ood are a rich source o inspiration. As a potterocusing on unction and orm, what could I createto ease the schlepping o my chips and dip? Ideas, re-search and designs begin by asking questions aboutunction and orm that assist our special needs or uses.By choosing unction as a guiding limitation, I’m reeto explore alternative orms, evaluating them by their
Snacking on Form and Function
by Steve Davis-Rosenbaum
Much o Steve Davis-Rosenbaum’s pottery originatesrom the basic human joys o eating and cooking withall the overtones these activities evoke: freside, nourish-ment, camaraderie. For Steve, beautiul pottery dishesare synonymous with love o ood and its presentation,and his pottery production ocuses on everyday dishesor use in cooking, dining and home decoration.
unction, proportion, line, shape and space (both neg-ative and positive). My process or developing a neworm begins with drawing preliminary sketches, andexperimentation and play in the studio, which resultsin a 3-D “sketch book” o shapes and orms.Beore beginning the design or my Chip and Dip, Ihad been creating multiple vessel orms or more thanfteen years. In addition, I had researched the histori-cal multiple vessel orms rom a variety o culturesthroughout time. Over the ages, potters have had theimpulse to put two pots together creating new ormsand uses or them. For example, multiple vessel potshave been ound as early as the Neolithic period inlocations such as China, Peru and Iran. Many o thesepots had a variety o unctions in religious and mar-riage ceremonies, as decoration or or daily use. Mymultiple vessels also revolve around a defned unc-tion and the relationships between the individual potswhen placed together creating new space, line andvolume. Successul pots are created by understandingthe unction and constantly evaluating how the piecesgo together.The challenge here is not to just remake the Chipand Dip, but to use it as a jumping o point to inspirenew orms and designs.