The Satisfying Nature Of A Mature Aesthetic

Interacting with a well-developed, mature body of work is one of the most pleasing things about observing potters that have been making consistently over a length of time. Jeff Oestreich’s functional ware is a wonderful example of work that has had a chance to come into its own with respect to well matched form, function and surface treatments. The geometrically inspired motifs both in form and designs are complimented by clean uniform glazes that break nicely over the changes in form and hold the lines of designs with integrity. Ranging from tea bowls like the one pictured above throughout the gambit of functional pottery each piece is individual and so too are the people who interact with the work. While one cannot be in two places at the same time Oestreich’s work achieves a metaphorical connection across time and space with people’s lives he has touched across the globe.