“Ceramics historically has been used in utilitarian objects that are representative of both personal and domestic interactions. Within my work, I explore our modern interactions through globalization, transportation, pollution, and their effects on natural systems. I try to bring complex systems like climate, air pollution, and their global effects into an intimate, human scale. Through the use of thousands of individual ceramic pieces (feathers), I express the multiple decisions that are made daily on the individual level and how these choices manifest themselves. Each piece is a snap shot of a particular moment in time, reflecting these choices, either bad or good. Just as they are not constructed to be permanent, so are our choices not a reflection of an absolute future but rather a slice of right now. Ultimately, my goal is not to scare the viewer into changing based on a doomsday future but instead to give hope and a moment of reflection. I rely heavily on the choice of materials to convey the fragile beauty of nature. Creating each piece is a very labor intensive process, requiring sometimes up to several hundred hours of work. The tension of the wire and weight of each individual ceramic “feather” makes them kinetic, and by capturing the slightest amount of wind they respond with movement and sound. Intrinsic within each piece are the elements of fragility, beauty, strength, and the ephemeral qualities of nature.”
Spring Montes received her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics, as well as a BA in Anthropology, from San Jose State University and is featured in the September 2012 issue of Ceramics Monthly as part of their Undergraduate Showcase. She has been working in clay for over 20 years. Although originally trained as a potter, she works mainly in mixed media with clay being the main material an is currently working on incorporating video and digital media components to her work.