Jonathan Mess’s sculptures are characterised by his experimental abstraction of clay. Referencing land, maps, strata, geology, and geography Mess uses discarded slop clay, cast-aside glazes and broken work to create forms that are transformed into unexpected material objects cut and sliced using a stone saw. The weighty materiality of clay is explored in the sculptural ceramic works by Jonathan Mess.
Mess (b. 1975) holds an MFA in ceramics from the The State University of New York and was a recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from Maine Arts Commission in 2015 and the Ruth & Harold Chenven Foundation Grant in 2013.