Intuitively, we are drawn to nature. As humans, we are raw, organic beings that share a common connection to the world around us. I combine my connection to nature with my infatuation of creating with my hands to help manage anxieties I struggle with. To help control these tendencies, I gravitate towards routines and familiarity. This causes my mind to work in a series of checklists. Creating functional pottery is like a checklist; construct, paint, carve, fire, repeat.
I choose to create utilitarian vessels for everyday use. My forms are thrown on the potter’s wheel and then altered and pinched to leave my own touch, documenting my relationship to each vessel. I paint quick, expressive imagery, inspired by my perception of environments I’ve encountered in my life. I carve through my imagery to reveal my terracotta clay body beneath, providing contrast in each piece.
I aspire to create pottery that the user will find their own connection to and be reminded of their personal experiences among nature. My hope is that the functionality of my vessels will become a part of the user’s own daily checklist.