"I like art that lives and works with us. Art that we can touch, handle, and use."
Lanse Stover's studio is about twenty feet from his house. The flagstone walk between the two is covered with clay-dust footprints. The studio is small, so he stores materials in the crawlspace beneath it and on shelves that run up the walls to the ceiling. He finds the closeness inspiring, leading to pieces that develop an intimate relationship with their user and encourage a sensual connection between our eye and hand.
He uses clay slabs of varying thicknesses to hand-build each form. The resulting constructions reflect a variety of influences--everything from his wife's garden to Mayan ruins, contemporary sculpture to the mountains of New York State.