My motivation is to bring a dash of delight into everyday spaces with handmade objects intended for daily use and enjoyment. I draw inspiration from the ever-changing and endlessly intoxicating elements of nature, from sea to sky, juxtaposed with the clean lines, shapes, and timeless notes of mid-century modern design. I think of my work as functional whimsy, both designed for utilitarian purpose but enhanced with aesthetic charm and novelty.
Using functional art objects is a way to explore the notion of what is precious. The meaning of the word precious fluctuates between something that is rare and very valuable to something cute or adorable. I often use elements of vintage designs in my work to serve as nostalgic reminders of family dinnerware I used as a child. I have deep-seated appreciation for such vintage items that have been passed down through families as their quality and styles were made to become heirlooms, rather than mass produced, manufactured wares of today. Through visual appeal and thoughtful craftsmanship, my end goal is one of reflection upon and reducing obsolescence.
Most of my work is thrown on the potter's wheel, then decorated by hand so that every piece has a dynamic color palette, pattern, and texture. My current process involves using a variety of underglazes in conjunction with stencils, carving, and slip trailing. I use both porcelain and brown stoneware clay bodies, depending on the contrast and colors I want in a piece. Recently I have begun exploring more hand-built forms as well.