Curiosity is inherent in my studio practice and daily lifestyle. Freedom to embrace uncertainty fosters a celebration of chance, permitting possibilities for change and growth. Growing up in lower income immigrant communities, traveling to South American and Asia taught me to embrace what is unfamiliar. We connect ourselves to others through stories that form meaningful relationships. The pots that I make are an extension of me and my stories that have shaped me as a person. When making, I take rigorous consideration in each step of the process; through choice of clay and its inherent properties, and its historical significance. Research within materials and firing processes permit highly contrasting colors that are influenced by my love of graffiti and Kansas landscapes. An additional consideration is made through the act of using my own work. Each body of work is informative of the next and iteration of each step gives liberty to growth. My work consists of sets that serve to promote companionship, celebration, implementation of ritualization, and serve as objects associated with intimate moments. Their utility and groupings within a gallery setting, show the importance of gathering and celebration; serving as a catalyst for communication. Different firing processes and materials/processes provide beauty in their contrasting elements of color and “tight vs loose.” Through creating stands that are minimal in design, they heighten the importance of the drinking sets. Geometric stands with warmer tones that are hand-built contrast with loosely assembled pouring vessels and drinking sets.
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