2020 Fall Exhibition > Zakiah Bonnerwith

Through my passion for the unusual, I produce ceramic work which offers perceptible physical characteristics that create excitement for unrefined, effortless beauty. Each individual work is created with the intention of removing or restoring the idea of perfection and comments on the attainability of such in our lives through the things we use and touch every day. By using an object which is perfectly imperfect, we may learn to accept the things which we cannot or wish not to change about ourselves and learn to love unique quirks as a form of beauty.
While paying homage to the idea of traditional vessels, used for food storage or presentation from around the world, I make ceramic works that serve these same customary purposes while including my own hand and touch into the surface of the piece in different ways. This inclusion of touch can take on the form of abstract line through surface decoration, physical dimples or divots, throwing marks left by the hand during creation, and unique shape/ form.
In my work, I am consumed and fascinated by tradition and the emergence of the functional item as one of the core anchors of everyday life. My aim is to instill and reinforce a sense of function and utility in the most simple, basic objects. Through this practical function I wish to engrain an appreciation for the unostentatious beauty of the ordinary.
My works vary in size and are typically made from porcelain or stoneware and are almost exclusively wheel thrown while others are thrown and altered through the process of trimming or slab additions. The color palette chosen for the glaze on each piece is intended to enhance the form or soften it if surface decoration is used. Typically vessels which incorporate strong physical characteristics like divots or dimples are given glazes which highlight these small details and bring the viewers eye to them. A great majority of the work I produce is fired in reduction, a kiln atmosphere devoid of oxygen, which gives the pieces more brilliant colors and effects while remaining unpredictable and up to chance.
Many of the vessels I produce through this process are meant to be used for the natural and ancient process of fermentation. My onggi jars are produced to house food for long term storage and fermentation purposes while my other vessels are meant to contain, hold, or serve food which is removed from these jars.

To Contact:
zakiahbonnerwith@gmail.com

Onggi Yard
Reduction Fired Stoneware
N/A
2020
Large Fake Ash Onggi
Reduction Fired Stoneware
16" H x 8.5" W
2020
Flask 1
Reduction Fired Stoneware
4" H x 2.75" W
2020
Large Shino and Red Iron Onggi
Reduction Fired Stoneware
16.25" H x 9" W
2020
Teabowl 1
Reduction Fired Stoneware
5.75" W x 3.25" H
2018
Large Tenmoku Onggi
Reduction Fired Stoneware
15" H x 10" W
2020
Spice Dishes
Reduction Fired Stoneware
4.25" W x 1.75" H
2020
Small Decorated Onggi
Reduction Fired Stoneware
6"H x 5.5"W
2020
Shino Teabowl
Reduction Fired Stoneware
5" W x 3.5" H
2020
Coffee Urn With Kintsugi Detail
Reduction Fired Stoneware
8"H x 4"W
2020
Flask 2
Reduction Fired Stoneware
4" H x 2.25" W
2020
Shino Onggi
Reduction Fired Stoneware
7" H x 7" W
2020