Subterranean Teapot II, earthenware
The Morans work with a vocabulary of forms and a palette of finishes which are intended to evoke the archaic and primordial. Most of the work is low-fired, white earthenware; but numerous pieces, especially one-of-a-kinds, include steel, resin, fabric, and other media in the realization of particular design ideas. To give the illusion of a time-wrought patina, ceramic finishes involve a sequence of applied layers of slip, stain, and glaze, followed by surface abrasion; metal finishes typically involve the application of acids to achieve oxidation and rusting. The Morans' sculptures, lamps, boxes, vessels, and furniture derive from their personal interests in tribal, biological, psychological, botanical, mechanical and architectural references.