E.M. Alysse Bowd
I prefer hot chocolate and warm cookies and am convinced dessert should be eaten first. I think picnics are crucial to every season and that covered dishes surprise you with their contents even if you were the one to hide something inside them. My name is Miss E.M. Alysse Bowd and I am a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design’s Ceramics Department.
“the more I laugh...the more I fill with glee...the more the glee...the more I’m a merrier me”
I am committed to making. I am committed to the idea of a world where people can dream and play and create. I am committed to clay, because with it objects can be made that have only ever lived in my imagination. It allows me to smuggle pieces of magic and daydream into our world where their presence becomes proof that those imagined worlds exist. It is not sufficient that these objects merely exist as proof - I want them to function as portals back into that world of daydream.
My practice combines functional ceramics with installation and social performance. Throwing and altering with very thin slab built detailing, the work consists of pieces patched together, folded, rolled, and layered hand-marked patterns that create fantastical landscapes of lids, handles and feet. Using my work in social events, I insist the audience engage with the delicate and detailed forms.
As a maker of pots, I am also a maker of sentimental objects. I utilize my work in ‘picnics for strangers’ and ‘public lemonade stands,’ I read to my objects excerpts from my favourite novels and poems and I laugh with them because I want to initiate the personification of my pieces. No matter what particular sentiment I might attach to my work it will take on new memories from whoever engages with it. This interaction between person and object is reciprocal in that as the objects accrue memory and meaning from their use and user, the objects transfer some of their own magic and knowledge back into that user.
My work dearly loves to laugh and to chat and make friends, and if you get too close you might find yourself befriended.