“I thought the earth remembered me, She took me back so tenderly”
- Mary Oliver
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 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 whispering of it’s past lives.
I've always made things, from the time I was little. From dresses for our dolls to drawings and stories to forts outside using fallen tree branches, I'm always happiest when I'm creating things with my hands. Clay drew me in because of the endless possibilities it presented. 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 both wheel throwing and hand building techniques. I like how the different processes contrast and compliment each other. 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, and find most of my inspiration in open spaces. 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.