It’s hard to know whether the work gets simpler or more complex as the years go by. On the one hand, Aerni strives for forms which are forceful, striking, and clear. On the other, he aims for surfaces which involve multiple layers of slip and glaze. The successful piece marries the form and glaze in an interplay which engages the senses, reminding the viewer of the natural world about oneself and evoking an emotional response.
Aerni says he’s never sure whether a piece’s success comes about because of the constant internal dialogue within him, or because he has managed to quell all of the internal “noise” and somehow connect with the simple path towards the clarity he seeks.