Inge Roberts

I am drawn to the ancient buildings and sites of those who came before, and whose imprints litter the centuries, linking us.

While traveling, I trace those links: pressing wet clay against walls, onto floors, furniture, doorknobs, eroded statuary details, and cemetery sculpture –small witnesses, easily eroded by more time, unlikely to be lifted into anyone’s focus. I use these molds in fragmented and distorted form.

My work is stamped and patched with symbols of ancient worship, sacred and secular texts, frivolous and earnest Gallo-Roman images, medieval symbols, the hands, faces and feet of Renaissance royalty, Viking warriors and monks.

These tailings become the words in the stories my pieces tell, used gratefully and sometimes not without hesitation. My intention is to honor those forgotten artists.

When I attach the impressions from a clay cylinder, made more than 5000 years ago in the “cradle of civilization” to a bowl made by me today in America, using a porcelain body mined in Europe, which I may texture with a basket woven two generations ago on yet another continent, then I feel suspended between their makers and reach out to connect them. 

Category: Ceramics