My utilitarian pots are inspired by the memories of visiting my grandparents' house. My grandfather was an artist who collected paintings, prints, and sculptures. I became enthralled by the stories behind each piece and the history found within these objects. My grandmother was a cook and I admired her craft and presentation of the food she would make. This led me to begin creating utilitarian pottery that showcases the story behind each piece.
My pots are designed to show the history behind their making. I intentionally include tool marks, brush strokes, exposed connections, and finger marks to highlight the processes that each pot goes through. I want my pots used, but also explored. Leaving my finger marks or throwing lines is a way for me to connect with the user and help guide them through the creation of each pot.
I choose to wood fire because it adds another layer of story to my pots. Wood fire has the ability to highlight subtle marks left behind from the making process while also adding additional permanent marks. Each pot in a wood kiln gets carefully placed on refractory wads to stop the pots from sticking in the kiln. These wads leave behind permanent marks that tell the story of flame path, loading, and placement within a kiln. A cup wadded on top of a plate forever connects those two objects together. Every choice within a wood kiln becomes important; from the
type of wood being burned, the length of the firing, and how the kiln is cooled dramatically changes the outcomes of the color and surface.
My hope is for my pots to integrate into everyday lives. I want my pots used at a table to nourish ourselves both physically with food and mentally with
conversation. I am happiest when someone expresses their enjoyment in using one of my pots.