Through clay, I am exploring contrasts: the physical feel and social connotations of earthy red terra cotta, gritty stoneware and smooth white porcelain; the geometry of sharply cut slabs, flexibility of coils and speed of wheel thrown orbs; the predictable practicality of electric kilns and the beauty of letting go in a community wood firing. The forms I create may feel pleasant but also contain contradictions – rocking shapes holding water, vases with tiny holes asking to be useful, soft round forms marked with hard lines.
I am drawn to and inspired by the lines and movement of ikebana and motivated by the delight of finding just the right branch and the beauty of sharing flowers in a handmade vase. I enjoy making small work that is a joy to gift, to hold and behold. In a world that often feels overwhelmed by greed, injustice and hurt, ceramics is a vessel through which I can find and share wonder and kindness.
I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon by a mother who encouraged an appreciation for classical music, art and gardening along with a solid work ethic, generosity, logical thinking and a touch of silliness. After earning a degree studying the growth and structure of cities and anthropology, I entered the world of non-profit affordable housing and community organizing in Oakland, California. Eyes opened and feeling burnt out, I returned home and worked at my family’s tofu shop before deciding to focus on an interest in pottery sparked by a ceramics class in high school. I have been nurtured through teachers and peers in community studios and the group effort of wood fired kilns.
I feel lucky for recent opportunities continue exploring and learning through clay at Red Lodge Clay Center, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, FuuKooGama, Pleasant Hill Pottery and East Creek Anagama.