Layl McDill
Minneapolis, MN
“Raven Teapot” Polymer Clay, Found Teapot by Layl McDill 11″x9″7″ $450
2018 Honorable Mention Award Winner

Artist Statement:

Remember that feeling when you went to a museum and saw all the mysterious old tools from ancient worlds laid out in row after row? Or maybe you got a peek inside some broken electronic and saw all those circuits. Then there are all the times when something mysterious about nature is explained and still you just can’t hardly believe it. The word that comes closest to describing that fantastic feeling that drives you to pursue more knowledge and fills you with joy is “wonder”.

I use wonderment as a mechanism to show the things we live with everyday in a new perspective, like the green hills you drive by everyday or the laundry hanging on the line. When you are surrounded by my polymer clay sculptures it is as if you are seeing the world through a patterned lense where the mundane is much more precious and mysterious.

My technique and materials are also very mysterious. I use primarily polymer clay with the ancient technique of millefiore. Tiny images that cover every surface of my sculptures inevitably make the viewer wonder “How did she do that?” And even though I have been doing it for more than twenty years it still seems amazing that I can create a tiny picture inside a chunk of clay.

I have spent my artistic career rendering versions of the world we live in into windows of wonderment. With my most recent work I hope to tingle the viewer’s imagination towards opening their mind to seeing something in a new perspective.

Viewers are drawn to the magic and wonder of my work. They will be not only fascinated by the technique but presented with some thoughts about ways to look at the world we live in and given their daily dose of wonderment.

About Raven Teapot:

My polymer clay pieces are inspired purely out of playfulness and serendipity. When I make my teapots I often start with the shape of the teapot and wait to see what it tells me it wants to be. The color scheme of the Raven Teapot is very unusual for me. I was inspired while watching the credits of one of the Harry Potter movies – it was swirling colors of dark purple, blue and black. This made me think that it would be fun to challenge my color pallette and see if I could make a raven. I searched my teapot collection for the shape that was leaning towards the shape of a raven and this teapot was the one that worked best. It was a challenge to shape the beak and wings to make the teapot look like a raven but I was pleased to see it come to life. My goal is always to create something that no one has seen before that can also encourage viewers to see magic in their everyday life.

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