Jan Howlin

I like to hand-build sculptural objects and I always want the form to tell the story, to allude to ideas and meaning through its three-dimensionality.
 
Clay is both raw and material. You work with it, then you cook it. But in the process this lump of amorphous matter has the potential to become, or to suggest, almost anything.
 
You cajole it and nurture it to create a form, and you hope that in the making you can invest it with a voice that can speak about ideas and elicit reactions and emotions.
 
The ideas that motivate me change, but they are usually about people and everyday life, ideas that build on the connections between us. I like the work to be light even if the subject is heavy, something that can be taken smiling even if the fact is grim.