I make objects that I hope are attractive and interesting to look at. People often ask “What is it?” or “What is it for?” I usually reply that it’s just there to sit there and look pretty. That is the function of much of my work. Of course I make some functional pieces, but they also need to look nice. I am influenced by abstract expressionist painting and sculpture. I aim to blend color, form and surface into an interesting mixture. I try to create paintings in 3 dimensions. With ceramics, at least I have the advantage of an extra dimension. I also have the advantage of touch. I try to add an interesting and strange surface to some of my objects. Does some of my work have a message? Not really. If it does I try not to make it obvious. I think a mystery is more interesting to look at.
– mpiercy at stanford dot edu