Chris Stiles has always been drawn to working with his hands and has described his relationship with materials as a conversation. There is as much give as take between these two independent forces and the relationship is truly a friendship. The challenge of this friendship is to create a balance between the material's needs and one's own thoughts. A common thread running through Chris's work is the ability to be: inventive, inviting, playful, tactile and most importantly expressive of the human spirit. These elements are why people find his work so endearing. When talking about art and design, Chris is often quoted as saying, "It's just material until someone sculpts their thoughts into it."
Stiles in Clay
Ceramic Birds in Trees