To use a handmade pot brings me both comfort and happiness, much like curling up in a quilt that my grandmother made. I love how both can connect you with your senses and bring about nostalgia. It is with this in mind that I make pottery.
My forms combine my love of the organic and the structured. The fluidity of a rim combined with the darting of the foot creates pots that are often irregular and sometimes precarious. They are designed to invite the user, but to also make them aware of how the form rests in the hand or on the table.
Whether looking at a flower in the garden or pictures of organisms under a microscope, old wallpaper samples or digging through fabric scraps, the lines, textures, and patterns resonate within me, inspiring my surface designs. I love combining the abstracted natural and organic elements of the drawings with the more structured slip patterning reminiscent of textiles. By layering the drawings with patterning and color, I hope to evoke a sense of nostalgia, for a place, time, or favorite object in the user.
In addition to the surface design, I delight in juxtaposing glazed areas with raw clay. On the interior of a pot, the glaze has a specific function, but on the outside next to raw clay it has another function, to assault the senses. It triggers my imagination and sense of touch so that the exterior of the pot becomes the waxy feel of flower petals on a cotton quilt.