When I first started using clay as a creative vehicle, I did not realize that I had just stepped into an ancient ecosystem, teaming with knowledge, dynamism, and unfathomable depth. I was eighteen, ever the art kid, and clay was one of the last mediums I was interested in. While I was pursuing an art degree, clay seemed like it was always pulling at me: it was the one medium where the creative process, physical interaction, and self expression came together completely. Working in clay seemed to reveal itself to me. Rather than attempting to make it something, I was able to gain a stronger sense of who I was without trying to express myself too directly in the medium. This unintentional process continues in the studio to this day, and I have learned to accept it as an instinctive method, not to be interrupted or forced, but to be nurtured, explored and capitalized upon. I have learned to sense the subtle changes in my work; allowing these changes to guide me while I guide them is the essence of my creative process.
I work primarily on the wheel, making forms based in a tradition of function and use. I enjoy finding balance in my work through large areas of subtle texture balanced with small additions, stamps, and details. I also enjoy the challenge of creating tight, direct, unbroken lines balanced by a bit of looseness and spontaneous gestural marks. I often work in a reductive fashion, throwing heavier forms, altering them, and then carving and shaving the pieces away to reveal new forms. I bring all of these elements together with layered satin glazes that unify and accent these textures, lines, and marks.
Nature is a common influence in the lives of artists, and the same is true for me. I am interested in the ways in which we interact with nature, sometimes symbiotically and other times in contradictory ways. In this connection to nature I find a synergy between the natural ecosystem and the creative ecosystem, where the multitudes of nature and the thousands of years of clay overlap. This is a place where I am free to explore, and this exploration inevitably feeds back into both my work and life.
Finding this life as a potter has been a gift, and I am constantly striving to make pots that communicate a sense of balance and complexity, so that through my pots I may add something to this thriving ecosystem of life and clay.