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.
Right now in my work and life, I’m drawn most to native medicinal and edible plants, and use the images of these local plants in my work. I think it is their gentle healing qualities that most inspire me along with their beauty. Learning to recognize plants in the wild is about pattern recognition and the plants I choose are so common where I live, they form a repeating pattern backdrop for this area, yet in our modern, disconnected age, many people don’t notice they’re there. By bringing them to the forefront in my work, I hope to get people to pay attention a little more to these often over looked plants and what they might be telling us.
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 use slips and underglazes to create brush mark textures and I prefer to leave the outside of the pieces unglazed wherever it makes sense to let the beautiful texture of the clay shine through. I use a diamond sanding pad to create a soft, touchable surface. 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, bird watching, or collecting 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.