Some Personal Philosophical Views by Tom Supensky

Over the years, I have been interested in aesthetics and philosophical viewpoints as they relate to art. I am always concerned that what I am doing is, in fact, art and that my work expresses something of worth to the viewer. I do not make duplicates because I want each piece to be more than a technical manufacturing challenge. I make a difference between producing something and creating something. I enjoy problem solving but realize that the problem must be intrinsically interwoven with an idea, a message and some form of aesthetic composition. I believe art is a special form of communication and that it has to be read by the viewer just as the written word.

The objects I include in my work are symbolic and carry with them more than a simple and direct interpretation. I recognize that my work, like all art, does not please everyone; but I feel that those who do appreciate what I do have had similar experiences as I, understand symbolic imagery and can relate to what I am saying.

It is easy to find yourself engaged in the activity of art making, using tools and materials, following certain design principles and so forth. No art is made because the creative act has not been employed; one has simply imitated art. Real art must engage a personal creative insight. All else will follow as required. The idea is the most difficult aspect of what I create.

Once I have what I believe to be a worthy idea, I investigate the possibilities of expressing that idea in clay. If that seems plausible, I begin working. Some sketching may be involved, but I let the work develop step by step, allowing for intuitive intervention. The most exciting aspect of my work is when it is nearly complete in the raw clay stage with color applied.

Once it is fired and finished there is a new kind of excitement, the duration of which depends on the total quality of the piece. Usually one facet has to do with the unknown, the mystery of anything created. Without some sense of mystery, that unfathomable element of life, we would fail to continue our creative search. In conclusion, the clay product, however primitive it may be or elegant it may become, is a direct reflection of the environment; the object's particular form becomes a fingerprint of our culture, telling historians the secrets of its condition.



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