It’s summer time and that means the deadline (June 30 – write it down!) is fast approaching for Ceramics Monthly’s Annual Undergraduate Showcase competition. The competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in ceramics classes at accredited post-secondary educational institutions, including 2009 graduates. The winners get their work featured in Ceramics Monthly. And heck,… Read More »
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In my current studio work, the Factory Work Series, I am equally
interested in formal design considerations and conceptual concerns.
Each piece is carefully crafted with emphasis on elements in contrast;
most notably the delicate white figures juxtaposing the crusty
I believe in the natural cycles of the earth. I often find truth within
these patterns of life and death. While cities grow, wars rage and
industry climbs, nature’s pulse is just as persistent. Migratory paths
remain, rivers continue to run downstream, wolves hunt, and insects are
The surrealistic nature of dreams and childhood memories motivate the
manifestation of the drawn, sculpted and painted images of my forms. I
am drawn to an aesthetic that is both visceral and detailed. I intend
for image, color and clay to exist as a harmonious vehicle that can
generate stories for the viewer.
I am investigating how we experience what we are attracted to. This
experience is multifaceted, involving an awareness of nature, various
cultures and histories, and a connection to ceramic vessels. I do this
with the understanding that visual and physical attraction are both
different than our experience of beauty.
My art explores the overlap and interrelation between child play, adult
play, desire and sensuality. Many of our toys were handed down from
generation to generation. I strive to capture the appeal of those
toys—Lincoln Logs, Legos and wooden blocks—that endured time and
Through the act of arranging, stacking, balancing, and connecting
porous ceramic units, I invite the viewer to experience how a wall or
floor might contain space and direct flow through space in new ways.
Ceramic sculptures of the figure have historically been used to comment on culture, from Japanese Haniwa to Tang dynasty splash ware to Mochican portrait vessels, offering insight into the creator’s social, religious and environmental surroundings.
Vulture’s Dinner Plate, 11 in. (28 cm) in diameter, earthenware, 2008. Chicken Tray Set, 12 in. (30 cm) in length, earthenware, 2008. My work is a search for a connection to new and shifting landscapes, as well as an investigation of my own evolving relationship with the natural world. The imagery reflects an ongoing inner… Read More »
Children in general are less inhibited by social and cultural constraints imposed on them later in life. Their actions are frank and more sincerely instinctual than those of adults. Adolescence is the meeting of these two worlds, where the boundaries of cultural and natural influences become blurred.