Functional work brings art into people’s lives in an intimate manner that disrupts the daily routine. Throughout my day I find pleasure in selecting pots to interact with, this experience varies every day, bringing attention and joy to quiet moments of sustenance.
I make functional interactive stoneware pots that are inspired by the qualities of chrysalides, bones, seed pods, and other naturally occurring forms from rural Wisconsin. My work reveals the coil and pinch technique I use to create objects, stacked concave curves evolve into rhythmic forms that maintain the process. Handles evoke the illusion of compression and soft pliable clay as layers converge between connection points. Angled layers add visual weight with one layer pressing down on another. Every vantage point of each piece reveals new information, rewarding the user who handles and investigates. I believe that the care and thoughtfulness invested in the creation of each piece translates into genuine interest in the details of daily life through their use. Local flowers, animal bones, various leaves, and numerous stones influence the terra sigillata color palette. Simple patterns informed by natural elements wrap around the ridges and connect interior and exterior. Subtle patterns visible only on close inspection, reveal bone-like speckling. My work celebrates and translates the Wisconsin landscape into pots for daily use.