beauty in the every day
Life is incredible. All you have to do is take a few steps outdoors, and you'll know what I mean. Creation is amazing. And each moment, even the "every day" moments, are precious and entirely one of a kind. Why not then, cherish and recognize the extraordinary in each moment - even in those "every day" ones? A single moment can alone hold great opportunity and beauty.
I hope that my artwork calls attention to the precious beauty of life that can be found in your "every day". Cups, bowls, mugs, plates.. these are all very common place things we come into contact with each day. Yet when they are uniquely made, we naturally take a moment to pause and reflect on that special quality. As I create, I hope that my work would remind you of the extraordinary within the ordinary and that it would give you an opportunity to reflect on the unique beauty in every aspect of your life.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14
relationships + memories
Life is also amazing because of the people and relationships that are a part of it. Most of my fondest memories made with family and friends have happened around food and drink. My mother's china reminds me of family gatherings & our favorite ice cream bowls remind me of quality time spent with my siblings and childhood friends. This is one of my favorite aspects of working with clay and making pottery in particular. Though ordinary, the pots that help us cook, serve, eat, and drink serve a special role in their capability to remind us of the people we love and memories made with them. It is exciting to know that my work could be a part of bringing your family and friends together and remind you of memories made.
the practice shapes my life:
Working with clay is messy! You're literally working with mud. After a long day of working in the studio, without a doubt, my studio and I are covered with clay. But somehow, I'm able to take that messy clay, shape it until a pot is made, fire it in the kiln, and the think that was once malleable, messy clay becomes a solid piece of pottery that I can use and enjoy. This process reminds me of how God works in our lives. He constantly takes me, a mess, and holds me in His hands. He molds me and challenges me, and eventually, I'm able to look back and see that He was making me into something far better than the mess I was before.
But now, Oh Lord, you are the our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
In this way, my practice has shaped my life and encouraged my faith. I hope my pieces can remind you of this quality of our Creator's grace as well.
I consider myself an artist first, business woman second. Not saying I'm always keeping this goal perfectly in check, but that is my aim. I have this innate desire to create and have always felt called to be an artist full-time, but I'm also aware I need to make a living. I'm incredibly grateful I can make a living as a maker, but I want my livelihood to be based on authentic creativity. Every piece I make - even if it belongs to a set or is a piece commissioned to look like another piece - every piece is quite literally made individually by my own two hands, and not only that, but I consider it's individual weight as an art form and it's place and potential to serve as art in this world. I am not a production potter - I don't aim for everything to look identical as if a machine made it. I'm an imperfect human and I want to be my authentic self in my work. Showing the artists hand is part of what makes my handcrafted work true to itself. I love to explore the individuality of handcrafted works, whether they stand as sets or are 100% unique pieces.