ARTIST STATEMENT

Ah, jeez. I'm really bad at this.

I started making porcelain to convert paper origami into a porcelain form....and I was successful  with a few pieces. Was quite some time in the making to get it right and I need to do additional experimenting as my breakage rate was about 95%. Took me an entire year to make the two octahedrons and other pieces that actually survived!

Tiring of so much disappointment, I focused on slip casting objects since I was in a class and had the studio time. And I loved it. Now I have vases, planters, bowls, a few mugs, spoons, keepers, wall pockets, and more. Most of them started out pretty normal, but now they're not.

I got bored with making the same things so started to manipulate, reshape, destroy, cut-up, add to, and otherwise morph them into shapes with textures and glazes the were far more interesting to me - individual and unique. They require a greater level of attention on the part of the user as there are very fragile edges, sharp points, cuts, cracks, folds, and super thin areas on my pieces.

Since most of us do everything so quickly and with no thought, just grabbing at things, I decided  these pieces should require mindful interaction and for us to slow down as we use or move them.

 

My pieces demand of you some time and thoughtfulness.

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