My approach to ceramics is studious in a playful way. I enjoy the relationship with the medium and the discovery that unfolds during the making process. Although play usually alludes to entertainment, I view it as a sacred act. To play is to transcend time, to create art, to live art. It is what we live for, commonly sought after as a way to spend existence. it is meditative and a crowning human experience that I convey in my aesthetic.
I tend to create forms which contain space due to my traditional discipline in ceramics. I’m interested in the vessel not because of its function, but because the opening adds an additional aesthetic detail or focal point, it adds another layer to the dialogue. The opening often alludes to a function while referring to the broad history humans have with ceramic vessels.
The forms themselves are anthropomorphic and can be inviting or provocative. They come to life when contingent events occur during making, such as an unexpected slump or sway in the form. I embrace these factors and let them guide the work to conclusion. I view this method as a way to achieve balance and harmony in the finished piece as I merge elements of chaos with my learned sense of control. Every interaction with clay is an opportunity to learn more about its nature. Every piece is a sketch, elaborating on the last through playful yet thoughtful experimentation.