My current series of handmade housewares revolves around making everyday objects that reflect the sincerity, honesty, and playfulness of the maker. I recall being transfixed by the delicate china in my grandmother’s curio cabinet and realizing the potential that those dishes had to bring people together. This notion has prompted me to work with clay throughout my youth, and continues to drive my desire to make useful objects.
As I evolved into myself in the present, I found myself drawn to color, print, and pattern in a big way. 1960s & 70s floral prints particularly catch my eye for their irreverent color combinations and bombardment of pattern. The pots I make represent a literal blossoming of attitude, empowerment, and sense of self. I am also committed to the integrity of curves, the way that so many mid-century designers and makers were. The purity of soft curves in mid-century housewares, furniture, and architecture often dictate my forms.
I use a monoprinting technique to adorn the surfaces of my pieces, which gives them an instantly aged quality that perfectly captures the paradox of new and old within my work. This idea also continues in the two-sided nature of much of my work. I often use two different patterns on either side of a piece, giving it a duality that adds an element of surprise to each piece.