In my work, I make connections between the utilitarian object and its counterparts; the user and/or the object’s environment.
Being the daughter of a woodworker, I was raised in a design-rich environment that has influenced who I am and my current body of ceramic work. Geometry, texture, and the functionality of my work emanates from this artistic environment. Different textural surfaces are created in my work by using pinched marks juxtaposed between smooth, defined lines and edges. Bright colors paired against a soft earthy color palette create high-contrast focal points in the work. Using simple geometry, I sgraffito1 line-work into the pots to heighten the formal elements of design. The simple line-work on the pots showcases food in its presentation.
The work is more effective when it is seen as miniature installations on non-traditional shelves and pedestals. These installations show the ware within a sculptural environment, while individual pieces are intended to be used for both dining and food preparation. The disposition of the work and the means of display go hand-in-hand. My work strives to bring forth a sense of tranquility in its minimalistic design, yet there is a sense of playfulness directed through the color pallete and pinched surfaces.
1: a decorating technique by which scratching through the surface layer of clay reveals the lower layers which are typically contrasting in color