Sonya Popow

I started out as a functional potter and often begin sculptures on the wheel. I fire them in a brick box in my backyard using sawdust and redwood duff for fuel, or in the wonderful shared wood, salt and soda kilns on the coast. (Thank you Nick Schwartz, Hugh Dakkers and the Mendocino Art Center.) Over time, my work has loosened to reflect my interest in the forms of the natural world and in the interconnectedness of all life. Looking closely at the world around me, tiny details become huge and abstract. My first sculptures were human-sized; these have evolved to a more intimate scale. I hope for pieces that evoke some mysterious found object – a seed, a leaf, a shell, a bone. If I am successful the viewer will ask, “Where did you find it?” and, “Can I touch?” I still make functional pottery too.