Scott Semple is an internationally collected ceramic artist, art designer, percussionist, world traveler, self inspired ruffian, and recent father to one baby Logan. I've always had this certain sensitivity to the natural world, a kind of personal spiritual ecology that is often best expressed in clay.
For me, the committment to becoming a ceramic artist meant to become aware of the acute level of service we choose to pay to history as artists, lending our interpertations to fire. A while back I recognized that what I was building were the artifacts of the future, something that architects probably get all the time. But to work in clay means to have slower sets of realizations. Then one day you wake up and you're a mere cog in the wheel of artistic history.....Few other mediums can claim a 30,000 yr history with both expression as well as function!
So the potter's wheel is a relatively new invention, and because of it's obvious limitations has been a tricky thing for me to stay fascinated with. That's how I ended up in the six foot range. The challenges I face when up-scaling fascinate me. Not the least of which is proportion. It's hard enough just moving hunreds of pounds of material around on the wheels and down the hall to the kiln, without having to think about parts to the whole or the golden mean. Proportion isn't an easy thing to translate. The major components of a vessel all still have to relate to and compliment each other, even when it's head high. Lately I've become more involved with home ( placement )design concerns, or how to make the pieces relate to the environments their going to live in, be it interior or exterior. This is another welcome challenge. I really have to think all the way down the line in terms of creating pieces that are site specific for each different micro environ. Scale to me is the most frequently overlooked challenge in ceramics, it's what keeps me hooked. That and the historic aspect....building pieces that work for this time and place and the next.
My business is Pacific Ceramic Design and we can found in an old red dairy barn at the tail end of the famed Central California wine circuit, just outside of Santa Barbara. We run an open studio so encourage you to come by when you're in the neighborhood. Or just keep in touch at www.PacificCeramicDesign.com.