Kelly Averill Savino: Earthworks Studio
Ceramics, Etchings, Woodcuts, Monoprints, Ecoprints, Mixed Media Collage, Encaustics and Instruction
5714 Dennison Rd. Toledo, Ohio 43615
As a folklorist, I documented the cultural traditions that evolve across distance and time, but carry the seeds of their origin.
As a potter, I find that historically inspired work finds a new and personal expression of ancient origins. My MFA thesis show focused on vessels used to preserve fermented and cultured foods.
Amphorae for fish sauce and wines, flasks, flagons, kimchee pots and soy bottles have been used for millennia. Salt glazed crocks and jugs for ales, buttermilk, or cheese have spanned centuries. Those ancient forms, reinterpreted in my studio, become a uniquely personal conversation with potters from long ago.
My studio work in clay is like the sourdough starter I have nourished and fed for years in a crock in my kitchen. Though that leaven has a history in another time and place, it changes by local wild yeasts in my region, my methods of baking, and the grain I grind to feed it, becoming both rooted in history and uniquely my own.
My clay work, both functional and rooted in tradition, is as sustaining to me as bread, cheese and wine. I hope it will find a useful place in the homes and daily rituals of others as well.