As a ceramic artist, my work focuses
on functional pots. I feel the
need to make utilitarian
objects for many reasons. Mainly,
I feel that the use of a handmade dish can help our fast paced society take a
step back from their everyday routine.
It is my belief that pottery has the power to help a person stop and
appreciate the effort and care that has gone into the creation of their morning
cup of coffee or bowl of cereal.
Growing up on a rural Minnesota dairy farm has been a major
influence in my work. From the time I was a young girl, I always found joy in
cooking for my family. Sitting
down with home cooked meals meant that lots of time was spent at the dinner
table, which has always been the center of most family events, and is now in my
own home. Looking back
nostalgia of this, I make pots to pay homage to those memories, along with the
hope of inspiring new moments and memories for my family and friends.
My other major influence stems from my grandparents. My grandfather is a wood-worker, who
makes furniture, while my grandmother does a lot of the finishing work with
varnish and stains. My drive to
make work comes from both of them, as well as the romanticism that goes along
with them being the local wood-workers, and I being the local potter. My grandfather has been making and
installing cabinets for over 50 years, in our small Mississippi river town of
500 people. Almost everyone
something in their home made by him, and I hope that my work could have the
same presence in other people’s homes.
For visual inspiration my sources are vast. I look at baskets, purses &
handbags, English Silver, and functional ceramics from all time periods. As for decorative surfaces, my research
involves traditional Japanese and Chinese surface design, botanical
photography, wrought iron, antique linoleum, tiles & wallpaper, as well as contemporary
As a clay artist, my intention is to make pots that are
tactile & inviting. Decoration
is meant to enhance the object while setting up surprises for the user. Through the constant use of functional
ceramics my hope is to educate the user on the importance of surrounding ones
self with the handmade.