"I try to make visual speed bumps so that you have to slow down when viewing my work."
Sculptor Mark Chatterley is interested in the dream world, the real world, and the place that exists in between. Sculpting animals that directly engage the viewer on an almost human level, Chatterley individually creates each clay sculpture from the bottom up. Chatterley starts with an eight inch slab of clay and slowly builds his forms, allowing each section to set up before the next slab is attached.
It can take the artist several weeks to build each figure. His bubbly and bumpy surfaces are created with a signature crater glaze that the artist has developed. As Chatterley says, "They are like dug up relics of a time to come." Each piece is fired twice with the second firing hot enough to vitrify the clay, allowing the sculptures to live outside year round.