In my current work, I am beginning to explore beauty, functionality, and experience. The way space interacts and the way we interact with objects around us says a lot in the way we live and experience life. It is my desire to create functional ceramic ware that adds to one's life not just because of its functionality, but because of the beauty the person is forced to interact with each time they use the piece. The form and the glaze play an integral part in how each piece is received and it is my goal to create work that interacts with the space around it because of its form and engages the eye with the beauty and design of the glaze. To view work, head over to The Shop.
2011 Senior Show at Taylor University
Meditations on Rest
During my final year at Taylor University, I began to move from creating beautiful ceramic vessels to expressing and communicating my thoughts and experiences in my work. In this show, I explored the meaning of rest through the placement of vessels within a landscape. Removing the vessels from their expected pedestal and placing them into a specific space allowed the viewer to engage physically with the work as in a landscape. Landscape, in its physicality and uniqueness of space provided an occasion for solitude in which one could rest. The vessels were marked with a rich, earthy surface in an environment of flame and smoke. This finish was contrasted by, yet married to, the vessels emptiness. Such juxtaposition created a tension; one that invited the viewer to draw near and enjoy the surfaces yet left the viewer in need to fill the voids. It is in rest that this mystery can begin to unfold and this conversation, if one is willing to participate, moves from words and ideas about rest to entering rest itself.
2008-2011 Undergrad Work
During my studies at Taylor University, I got a rich background in the arts both through my classes and my times studying art in Europe. Although I had a broad background in the arts, I chose to focus my time on Ceramics and Art History. I loved the process of clay and the technical challenge to create beautiful pieces. During my studies, I was not focused so much on functionality as much as beauty. How did each piece capture the eye? What was the process for each piece? How did it interact with the space around it? As I sought to master the techniques, these questions influenced my art and my development.
While focusing mostly on form, I began to explore the finishing of the piece with alternate ways of firing. Pit firing caught my attention and I fell in love with the way the fire marked the pots and the mystery to each new piece as it came out of the fire. I liked the spontaneity, not having every line, every color planned out but having room for the fire to communicate. This process greatly influenced my work as I began to add this process to the technical side of creating as well as the questions of space and interaction I found fascinating.