Greenscape tactiles by Jacob Raeder
Made from humble red-brick clay, the vessels are individually thrown on the wheel, their harsh, geometrical shape informed by the architecture of grain silos that sprout in the American Plains and MidWest.
Once fired, the outline becomes hidden as the mucilaginous seeds are applied to the exterior and begin to take root and grow. A hint of the vessel does remain, the idea or ideal of functionality present in the work through the understanding of an interior volume glimpsed from the opening in the top. But these vessels do not hold water, and the seeds turn into plants, absorbing the water through the porous clay, and the once-red silos transition into green hillocks. The life cycle is short, the plants fragile, the allure of tactility undeniable.