Pottery Line Artist Statements
Light is inherently uplifting, bringing ambience and character into a space, resonating with our human desire for warmth, connection, and community. My tealight and pendant lighting is made of translucent porcelain formed on the wheel and then hand-carved resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece that serves as both a functional object and a work of art. Each one is carefully made to bring light to people’s space, and it is my joy to create pieces that will bring joy and elevate the everyday.
Transient and ephemeral, light interacts with a room, casting brightness, but also shadow and negative space. I consider this dichotomy in my work by creating pieces that honour the light and pieces that honour the dark or sometimes both.
Flora & Fauna
Flora & Fauna, uses scientific illustrations to delve into the world of biology and anatomy, with images of everything from sea creatures, to insects, to an anatomical heart and beyond. Flora & Fauna began years ago when I stumbled upon and was inspired by the illustrations of Ernst Haeckel, a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor, and artist who discovered, described, and named thousands of new species, mapped a genealogical tree, and coined many terms in biology. Originally, I used his images in my work but quickly transitioned to drawing all my own images with ink and watercolour. I am constantly working on new drawings to add to Flora & Fauna, therefore the images available at a given time is dependent on what I am currently working with. The pieces are meant to add some contemplation of the natural world into people’s daily lives… to marvel at the symmetry of feathers or the oddness of tentacles while sipping your coffee from a Flora & Fauna mug.
Imprints uses texture and coloured glazes to draw our attention to the minutia of the world around us. Each texture is created using stamps I make myself from textures or carved clay. Often the texture is of something small like a shell or leaf but once applied to the clay also represents larger mountainous forms. The glaze colours I develop to reference landscapes of ocean, forest and mountains. The pieces are rooted in our connection to nature and serve to add to people’s daily rituals using hand-made pottery.
My vessels are rooted in what I think of as ‘the shadowlands’… the place of mourning, and loss and the idea of the sacred. This is a part of human experience in which people often turn to ritual and these vessels are my offering, carrying the meaning people imbue upon them, containing any physical or symbolic artifact placed in them. I have been honoured over the years to create custom vessels for ceremony and memorial. Each vessel has the original custom drawing included, which can be created to a person’s specifications.