I create vessels that have a sense of intimacy and vulnerability. The shapes swell and undulate mirroring the human body’s folds and curves. Clay and flesh are connected in their pliable and tactile nature; they can both endure yet are vulnerable. In contrast to my ceramic work drawing is an impulsive act. The impulsivity in line quality on paper does not carry the same spontaneity on a ceramic surface. This work arises from an inward state of anxiety and desire. These feelings, which often itch under the surface, stem from the dissonance and pleasure of inhabiting a body.
Utilitarian pottery relates to the body as it holds material for consumption. Cups may be the most intimate of everyday objects, we embrace them with our hands, hold them to our lips, and their content flows into us. Through use, subtle and mundane interactions hold the space for connection between object and user. The supple, sensitive, and responsive attributes of clay also allow for an intimate relationship to build between the material and maker. Symmetrical forms are stretched, pinched, and folded giving them the sensual gesture of touch. The process of making is an attempt to find balance between manipulation and intuition; it is a power exchange with material.
Gianna Benetti is an artist and potter currently living and working in Berkeley Ca. She received her BFA in Studio Art with a ceramic emphasis from California State University, Chico in 2018. Before studying at CSU Chico she was a student at Diablo Valley College where she found her passion for the ceramic medium. Today she is a Manager at Brushstrokes Studio and works as an Artist Assistant for Mary Law. She produces her work out of a humble little studio in Northwest Berkeley.