Obie Clark

Early Pinch Pot, 2000
4 x 5 in
This exclusive pinch pot was created by Obie around 20 years ago. Its beauty is in its simplicity and paired with the rich earth tones, creates an amazing combo.

Obie Clark

Art for me started in childhood. I found that I could draw what I could see. Drawing and having a sense of design fulfilled in me the need for expression. I have dealt with the problem of not being verbal since childhood, consequently I have trained myself to communicate visually. Teaching myself to "see" more and more. Art has been my mode of communication. Art is like having a romance with a medium and the medium becoming the message. 


In my work I enjoy combining things from nature; wood metal, and clay. I like to take an item from nature and let natural design elements dictate the shape of the piece. I strive for three principles in my work, all being of equal importance. These principles are craftsmanship, design, and spirit.


The foundation of art is craftsmanship. Without craftsmanship a work of art could not stand on its own, no matter how good the design. I believe in adhering to the elements of design, unity, texture, balance, and movement. A work of art should possess a spirit which comes from within oneself, an intuitive magical feeling about nature and the people I meet. Much of the spirit of my work comes from representing nature and her elements.


I have a great love for the vessel form and currently I am involved with a sculptural approach to the vessel. I want it to possess a certain uniqueness like a signature.


Vocabulary for me is not in verbal or written words but in vision. Like the analogy of a bird's sign being the strongest sense it possesses and its dependence on it for survival; I feel that my survival also has been based on a strong visual sense.

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