South African ceramicist Loren Kaplan has been working with clay since the early 1990’s. During this time she has developed an idiosyncratic philosophy towards the hand crafted artifacts she creates. “I make vessels because containers are about potential”, she says, further describing her sculpted and engraved containers as “defined spaces of emptiness that can be filled with something, or nothing”. The empty spaces she speaks of are more than just empty voids.
“The whole purpose of a vessel is that it be filled. But it is in the making of vessels, rather than filling them that is life’s greatest challenge and most revolutionary achievement”. Chassidic Quote
For Loren, her vessels are loaded with symbolism and suggestive of the opportunity and change we all experience during our lives.