Clay is said to have memory. In the technical sense, this means that it remembers the shape it was in before and will want to bend back to that shape as it goes through the drying and firing process. But in another way, I’ve always loved the idea that the clay remembers the lives it has lived, as organic matter of the past. Plants, animals, mountains and rivers, even people, as the earth moves through it’s cycle, all organic matter is broken down into dirt and clay before the cycle begins again. In this way, clay feels very alive to me, and I imagine it telling stories of it’s past lives.
Why I choose to make what I make is sometimes hard to figure out but what I know I consistently return to for inspirations is nature. Stones, rain, plants, bark, sun and moon and stars, mist, falling leaves, are all repeated themes in both my graphic and my abstract work. I also love using local materials as much as possible whether native clay in the body of the piece itself or painted on as a clay slip or the image of a native plant.
Everything I make is handcrafted from start to finish. I pay close attention to the details so each piece feels good in the hand and functions well in the home. I use primarily wheel throwing techniques with some hand building. I like how the different processes contrast and compliment each other. I like to experiment with different surface decorations including using glaze chalk, layered slips, stamping, stickers, ceramic watercolor, and layering of glazes. All work is dishwasher and microwave safe and made to be as durable as possible.
Outside the studio, I love hiking the hills and forests of the pacific northwest, searching for edible and medicinal plants, new clay or glaze materials, and interesting rocks and branches. I'm incredibly grateful to be a part of a wonderful and vibrant community of makers and artisans here in Portland. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries.