Artist Statement

“The aim of art is to project an inner vision into the world, to state in aesthetic creation the deepest psychic and personal experiences of a human being. It is to enable those experiences to be intelligible and generally recognized within the total framework of an ideal world.” — Bruce Lee

My concept of an “ideal world” is pretty simple: Peace, Love, Understanding – with plenty of Respect, Acceptance, Effort and Discipline thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately we are going through a time of global turmoil, far away from the ideal. My ceramic work is an attempt to ask myself what place, as an American and as a member of our international community, do I have in contributing to the state of our world in such a way that exposes and reinforces my understanding of the ideal.

— Jacob Haßlacher

January, 2005