As a sculptor of porcelain using neriage (a technique for creating patterns with various colored clays, which are marbleized to create abstract designs often with a rough-hewn surface texture) as a technique, the challenge for me is to express as accurately as possible an idea whose perfection exists only in the mind. Each work reflects those attributes of the ideal; yet, the work has its own unique personality. With Nature as guide, themes of simplicity and universality are developed. Imagination produces patterns of ordered chaos. There is no compromise in the integrity of the work. I continue to search for and invent ways to improve on the process; yet, at any given time the evolving work represents the best that it can be. With intensity tempered by experience, the mind is focused at the physical point in space/time where artist and work meet. Here the mind's eye gives direction to the energy shaping form from matter. Each work is the fruit of this ongoing interactive process, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it communicates the ideal.
Ceramics does not occur in a vacuum. Each completed porcelain vessel embodies the successes and failures of all the previous work. Throughout the process, each piece exhibits the interconnectedness of existence, change, rebirth, and growth. Each piece embodies reality as a shadow of the idea and the last event as the consequence of all that came before. Each piece approaches but never reaches a unique perfection defined by the artist. Because there are no absolutes, each work is an expression unique unto itself and is a step in the never ending journey toward the elusive ideal. The Octahedral Porcelain Process is named for the eight distinctive stages which define the process as a unique combination of both arts and science. As the process is followed, each piece will contain material from every other piece since removed material is continually recycled. The first work is the mother of all that follow and each new piece will become her daughters and sons which, in turn, will give birth to the next generations work. (B. Jaber 10May2016).