I make functional pottery for daily use in the home and for
those special occasions that life has in store for us from time to time. I use
a candy colored palette for the nostalgic reaction that resonates with the user
of my pieces. Candy, cakes, pastries and parties have strongly influenced my
work and are the basic source material for inspiration. I love how slip can be
used to mimic frosting on a cake juxtaposed to the toasty earthenware clay body
that I use to build with. Texture and memory help to evoke this
feeling with the slip that I am trying to get across. Throughout my life I have
been in love with and almost obsessed with items found in a bakery and other
delectable temptations that people aren’t supposed to become obsessed with.
am a creature of habit when it comes to the mundane day-to-day tasks that we
are faced with each day. I have brought this train of thought into my studio
life and see the process of making my pieces as a repetitive act, along the
same lines as printmaking. The molds that I use to make my pieces on top of I
see as my printing plates, and the clay as my ink. Just because a piece has
the same shape as another piece that already exists in the world doesn’t mean I
don’t see it as an opportunity to make it my own. With this mindset I still see
making my pieces as a chance to make them different through design, decoration
and the small but important details that make my pieces unique.
For me I don’t think a piece is complete
until it is set out on a table at a party and then my pieces really stand out.
Parties and celebrations have a lot of life infused in them and I want my
pieces to embody that same sense of life. My pieces are made very carefree,
loose, have a lively spirit which makes them look as though they are going to
dance across the table. This personality that I’m trying to convey throughout
my work is very intentional and well thought out before hand but loose at the
same time. I think the line between spontaneity and intention is a fine one and
I enjoy walking that fine line in my work.