For as long as I’ve known Cody Hoyt, I’ve known him for his incredibly detailed paintings which absolutely blow my mind. Sometimes though, you gotta branch out, and that’s exactly what Cody is doing with this new series of sculptural planters he’s begun making.
When it comes to ceramic pots I’d guesstimate that roughly 99.7% are round, so I love that Cody has brought in these lovely geometric angles to shake things up. They’re almost like art pieces meet functional objects, it’s hard to tell where one beings and ends.
The other element that really makes these special are the fantastic patterns that he’s kneaded into the clay itself, and the incredible glazes he’s applied to the vessels. I think the zebra striping in the clay is so awesome looking, giving each piece such texture and drama. I wonder how long it took him to figure out the correct way of layering the pieces of clay together to achieve that effect?
Cody sent me an email describing some of his inspirations, so I thought I’d share it for a bit of context.
I’ve been bringing elements of my drawings into the 3D realm with ceramics. It allows me to further examine the role that process plays in my work. It’s also is a great medium to play out the dynamic between intention Vs incident. The idea of making a piece with a certain result in mind, but acknowledging that control has to be partly surrendered and dealing with the results. I’ve been inspired by Ken Price and John Mason’s sculptural work, Japanese Nerikomi pottery, the Memphis catalog, etc…
You can see many more examples of his ceramic planters by clicking here.