“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
~ Albert Einstein, The World As I See It
“E Concrematio. Confirmatio--out ot the fire comes firmness, through stress we pass to strength.”
~ Charles F. Binns
I began working in ceramics as a child with my grandma. As she guided me in making small pieces, the feel of the clay, smell of the kiln firing, and anticipation of seeing a finished piece became a comforting and nourishing part of the my life, without realizing how much so until I found my way back to ceramics later in life.
From there, I just so happened to marry a man whose mother owned a ceramic shop and who took the time to advance my painting skills and teach me how to cast ceramics and work with porcelain.
The feel of porcelain, the look of it, and its finicky behavior all made me fall in love with it. When I started throwing pottery on the wheel, I was warned not to move to porcelain because it would be an exercise in frustration. I listened and held off...for a while. But its seductive call kept beckoning me until one fine day I gave in, quietly buying a box of porcelain clay, rushing home, and beginning to play. With the first feel of its silky texture and the smooth glide through my hands as it whirled around the wheel, that was it. I was done. My love was found, and there will be no turning back.
Clay is also the perfect medium to honor my affection for nature because the clays and glazes come from the earth as minerals and water which are then transformed by fire and air in both a controlled and uncontrolled way to create something durable and delicate, functional and appealing.
Patterns are elements in every part of life, whether it is our cells, ourselves, our relationships, plants, animals, weather, every "thing" in Life. These patterns create who we are, a complicated yet complimentary existence that creates something both unique and familiar. Whether the patterns in my pieces are on the micro level (obvious patterns) or macro level (less obvious, broader, but still evident), they will find there place and become part of the personality of each piece.
The essence of my designs is to pay homage to these essential, enigmatic patterns and paradoxes that create something complex, functional, and charismatic.
Just as we are all individuals, my individual pieces and sets will always be handmade and one of a kind, each piece holding its own character, even if the shape and/or function is familiar to another.