ABOUT THE ARTISTS – C. MOSEDALE AND W. KAFMANN
All of our work is collaborative. There is a division of talents. Cynthia is a painter and the creative force behind the surface designs. William, trained as a potter, throws or builds the porcelain clay forms. The collaboration is the union of these skills. It is a continual discussion about what is possible, about the direction of the work, and what can be learned from mistakes. Collaborations must be able to absorb the criticisms and suggestions from each partner. In this way we pull and push each other forward, sometimes in unexpected ways. It does not mean everything works out. It does mean important elements can be sorted out and discussed, incorporated and built upon. The willingness to do this over and over is important
The language between us is the work itself. This includes all the responsibilities of running a studio. The respectful eye is part of this language. It is recognizing that elements have come together, like form and color, or design and composition, form and function. It includes a sense of completion; the piece has achieved presence. New work is more complicated and may take months to work out. An artistic disagreement can be interesting and saucy, while marketplace issues can be tested.
The pieces we produce are overwhelmingly functional. It is the context within which we work. We are looking for ways to bring beauty and usefulness together in one piece. Simplicity in form is the platform from where the work springs. Color plays a large role in our approach. Like harmony within music, color is a path that touches us deeply. The world is in color, which is reflected in our work. Every element is forged to carry design, which is expressed in Cynthia’s brushwork. It is not an intellectual process. The successful piece is the result of the direct experience of brush moving over surface.
We want the viewer to see that each piece is alive on its own, with or without use. Technology has allowed the potter new methods to experiment with palettes of color. We are continuously looking for new combinations and new designs. The pieces are individually made and hand painted. All the materials are safe for use and ceramic in nature, the designs are under the clear glaze.
To be an artist one must be able to accept failure as process, not an end point. It is not for the feint hearted. Success is only the doorway to your next step. What we do goes far beyond working in a studio. It happens everywhere in our lives. To have a partner in this process is amazing.