Patrick L. Dougherty
Exhibiting Member Since 1987
The vessel is my main focus in my pottery and the challenge of painting ‘in the round’ is the major driving force in my work. Though I am inspired by the making of demanding forms on the potter’s wheel, the confrontation involved in successfully painting on those forms is what motivates and excites me. I don’t want the paintings to be on the form; I want them to be of the form. The imagery is an honest expression of who I am and how I relate to the world in both conscious and subconscious levels. Through the wheel, insights are gained into form; though the painting, insights are gained into my Self. Architectural Ceramics Incorporating architectural ceramics into my repertoire was a natural progression in the evolution of my work in clay from my earliest beginnings in producing functional pottery. Those functional pots evolved when I introduced color and painting into that work and also my on-of-a-kind vessels and platters. In 2002, I began making custom sinks painted in a similar palette and style as my pottery. That led to producing and painting matching tiles, which in turn led to working on a larger scale. That work at present includes: fireplace mantles, backsplashes and countertops, door and window surrounds, mirrors, chair-rail and accent tiles, corbels, and sconces.