My intention is to create functional objects of quiet beauty. I want my pottery to lead the viewer to remember an experience of vastness, the view of endless fields, or a mountain that extends into the sky seemingly forever. The surfaces of my work reference the horizon line, and the separations between fields, forests, and mountains. My work embodies my attempt to slow down, to be present in each moment, and to be more mindful. The work is the product of my pursuit to understand subtlety, elegance and purity through form and surface.
The warm tones are approachable, the colors morph into one another going from orange to green to red. Similar to a field at sunset or a lichen covered rock in the woods, the surfaces are varied and inconsistent. The forms are sturdy and secure and interact with the table the way a tree stands tall in the woods. While making this work I have been reflecting on resisting impulse, taking time to think things through, and considering notions of beauty and value of the human experience.
Daniel Pfohl is a potter based out of Rochester, NY. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2018. His interest in ceramics began in high school, when he was invited by a girl to go to the open studio hour after school. He promptly fell in love with clay and the girl. Daniel Started his college career in 2011 and received his Associate's of Applied Arts at Onondaga Community College. In 2014 Daniel married the love of his life Katie, and in 2016 they moved to Rochester where Daniel resumed his education at RIT.
Daniel makes functional pottery for daily use, and hopes to encourage the user to pause, reflect, and enjoy the present moment. His work is influenced by nature where fields, forests, and the horizon provide information for decoration and form. Daniel was selected for the 2016 RIT Honors Student Show at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY and was also selected for ‘The Almighty Cup’ a juried show at Gandee Gallery in Fabius, NY. In 2017 he was included in the BFA Honors Exhibition at the Bevier Gallery at RIT. Daniel held his thesis show "Room to Breath" at the Flower City Art's Center in Rochester, NY April of 2018. He is continuing his education and is pursuing a Masters of Science for Teachers in order to be a k-12 art teacher.