Helenske’s approach to the genre of functional ceramics is both a response to its ancient history as well as a construction of his own sensibilities. His aim is to make objects that operate on a human scale as beautiful, thoughtful, and appropriate technologies for our living spaces and daily activities.
Clay pots are Helenske’s canvas – He uses their surface to investigate line, form, history, structure and pattern. He hopes to create a balanced object; finding in its form proportion, profile, and mass and in its surface depth, dimension, and composition. The slip work challenges his dexterity and slows him down. Throwing on the wheel, constructing with slabs, or pouring slip are the moments when Helenske celebrates the material, capturing its physicality and fluidity.