My current practice is based in hand-built ceramic sculptures and installations. My recent sculptures incorporate references to roadside americana, popular song lyrics, and natural landscapes as a means to examine experiences of intimacy, sex, and loss. Many of the sculptures incorporate minimal glazing, leaving the natural clay body exposed, in order to recall a connection to the earth, stone, and antiquity. Keeping the cultural history of clay as a reference, the work falls somewhere between craft and art object, searching to strike a tension between delicacy and weight.
My recent work has been focused on large vessels that incorporate sculptural elements. In the time of COVID-19, where we all find ourselves isolated to some degree, I have found myself making plates, bowls, and cups. I am able to easily share this work with my community, and the process can be much less time consuming than a large sculpture. Creating work that people can one day eat off of gives me hope for the future. I am choosing to put my energy into those shared communal experiences, and the hope that we will soon be able to have them again.