I strive to make functional, comfortable pots, crafting an interactive artwork I hope becomes an intimate part of your daily ritual. The juxtaposition between order and chaos are the driving forces behind the design of my work. I am inspired by people seeking spontaneity within structured systems and the longing for moments of exhilaration within a day of monotony.
Though we often intentionally and cheerily establish structure within our daily lives, it becomes mundane – jobs, cleaning the house, marriage, and child raising all become repetitious. However, this repetition also affords us the opportunity to encounter spontaneity and chaos, and revel in the sometimes unpredictable nature of life. I taught high school for years where the day is run by the structure of bells. Between the bells, however, magic and disorder can quickly unfold in the classroom, only to be tidily wrapped up before the next bell rings.
Likewise, one’s personality can be a struggle between order and chaos. A friend of George Washington described, “His features are rectangular and placid with all the muscles of his face under perfect control, though flexible and expressive of deep feeling when moved by emotions.” I strive to capture similar dualities in my surface design, whether through the balance of carved line and glaze, the unpredictable effect of soda firing on detailed drawings, or layers of terra sigillata, underglaze, and other elements that reveal new depth and complexity. I hope these aesthetic choices add magic and joy to the functionality of my pots in your daily rituals.
I studied painting and drawing at Santa Clara University, then received my Masters in Education from DePaul University. I have taught art in various capacities for years including high school, community art centers, and corporate teambuilding workshops. Clay has been a growing component of my life over the past several years and has finally won out over most other things. I currently teach ceramics at Lillstreet Art Center, make my own work, and am home part time with my 3-year-old son.
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