Karen Ford has been drawn to historical Asian ceramics – porcelain in particular. She strives to harmonize the relationship between form, function and nature. Her goal is to enhance the everyday ritual of eating, drinking and living by making it a beautiful, calm and peaceful experience.
Her current work is a fusion of clay, fire, glass and various natural objects that are pressed into porcelain to form abstract textures. Small shards of glass are applied during the second firing. The glass melts, leaving a pool of translucent color that fuses with the glaze and creates a smooth surface. The results are gem-like – reminiscent of semi-precious stones or ice formations.