"The first decision I make is whether or not to re-establish the center, shift it, or conceal it. From there, the possibilities are infinite."
Aesthetically, Chris Simoncelli's' repertoire of forms is influenced by the directness of contemporary design and the presence and strength of Minoan, Greek, and Chinese pottery. The shapes he paints on the surface of the forms are abstracted from the same repertoire.
Bowls and plates are the forms he makes most frequently-largely because they offer surfaces on which entire images can be painted, much like canvases for two-dimensional pictures. He uses the plate or bowl like a frame, forming a containing boundary. The glazes he uses have a high concentration of stain, which, in conjunction with firing temperatures of 2300 degrees, produce vibrant color and lasting durability.
Chris has a website at home.earthlink.net/~csimoncelli/.