Working in ceramics for over 40 years, Toubes’ artistic practice is one of constant discovery and abandon, always approaching the material with a sincere curiosity for the core philosophical questions around human existence. For Toubes, being an artist is “a way of understanding and being in the world, a tool to knowledge.” In this recent body of work, the artist revisits forms he has been exploring for decades. But as everything in life, each interaction marks a new experience that informs meaning in the present. Toubes’ work is about relationships, on ongoing dialogue between artist, object, and context. The alchemical nature of ceramics and his process of multiple glazes and firings keeps this interaction open-ended and without preconceptions. In this way, Toubes allows the work to unfold intuitively, relying on the material and his artistic sensibility. The objects he creates reflect this raw intimate interaction, imbued with animate qualities that appeal to the senses and reactivate each moment like a performer on stage.