Colored slips and underglaze, cone 10 reduction fired
As a ceramic artist, I am fascinated by clay's intrinsic ability to record every physical action taken upon it. Through a combination of bold, colorful slips and the inherent uncertainty of atmospheric firing processes, I create expressive surfaces that provide a tactile quality to unique forms that are both sculptural and functional. I draw inspiration from the movement, gesture, and boldness of abstract expressionism, using a variety of bold and gestural application methods. From glaze trailing to striking the work with large slip-filled brushes, I aim to highlight the physicality of my process.
Firing techniques play a critical role in the creation of functional work for me. I use different atmospheric firing techniques, including soda, salt, and wood firing, to create wild and dramatic variations in surface. The kiln acts as a secondary painter, producing patterns as the flame travels through; this offers unique and exciting possibilities for each piece.
From research to firing, I am enamored with the endless possibilities of clay. I create functional pieces that not only serve a practical purpose but also bring joy and beauty to people's daily routines. I constantly strive to explore the delicate balance between form and function.
Clay has allowed me to create objects that are not only visually compelling but also serve a useful purpose in people's lives. By visually referencing my hand throughout the objects I create, objects that are intended to be used and held, I establish a distinct connection with my audience. This direct reference to physicality imbues my work with a unique sense of intimacy and personal connection. I am passionate about the potential of ceramic works and their ability to serve functional, relational, and aesthetic purposes.