Most of the work I make is functional, meant to hold either food or flowers. I studied Japanese culture in college, lived in Japan for awhile, and more recently, I took a class to learn Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). Since taking the class I have become even more interested in making containers for flowers. I love the way the natural elements that I try to capture in the work are complemented by the actual nature (the flowers, leaves, and branches) in the flower arrangement. The idea of creating a little universe and bringing it inside to enjoy intrigues me.
I make most of my work from slabs of clay that are decorated with multiple layers of slip (colored liquid clay) that I make marks in to create a dynamic surface. For the flower pillows I cut out circles from the slab, drape the slabs over a rounded form, join two of them together, and then add feet. I have also recently started experimenting with using an extruder to create forms.
I am fortunate to be able to fire my work using different firing techniques. I currently fire in my electric kiln, in a friend’s gas kiln, or with a group of friends in a wood kiln. I love being able to experiment and find that what I learn from a particular technique enhances all of my work.
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