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Clay is my saving grace, my way outside of myself. Clay allows me to express my joys, fears, dreams, and loves. It speaks for me in ways I am unable and brings out the humor in my life.
I have always felt akin to nature and animals. Their knowledge amazes me and even though they do not speak our language, what they have to say has always been clear to me. We are one.
I feel a deep familial connection to my sculptures. In my family our name is everything. Hogan. One word that is our connection to our past, our identity of family, and how we are known. I humanize each sculpture by naming them after people, either imagined or known to me. Writers, friends, favorite rugby players, all are inspiration for names of my creatures. As each piece starts looking at me, and their personalities start to shine through, that is when I give them a name and they become family.
To achieve the look and feel of each animal, I work solid while sculpting. Working solid allows me to be more immediate with the clay and gives me freedom with the movements of the animals. I let the finished sculpture partially dry, cut it apart, hollow out the sections and rejoin the parts. I love texture, and often use found objects to get the finish on each piece. I color my sculptures using stains, colored clay slips, and oxides. I use very little glaze. I bring my work to life by firing it in a soda kiln to cone 6 or 10. I hand built my soda kiln brick by brick because I love the interplay between the stains and the soda, and how perfectly matched the firing process is to my work, never overpowering, always complimenting.