Four Treasures of South Carolina, 2021
This ceramic stoneware piece combines wheel throwing, slip casting, and handbuilding in clay. An Etruscan inspired wheel thrown pot is the base for the four endangered plant species to South Carolina used in Let’s Bulldoze It. Delicate cut out shapes from slip cast forms are also incorporated. With a focus on detail, I use the negative space created by overlapping geometric shapes to enhance and create focal points out of mundane natural elements. This stoneware piece was sprayed with hand-mixed clear glaze, resulting in hints of cobalt where the glaze pooled.
Poison Ivy, 2021
This ceramic stoneware piece combines slip casting and wheel throwing with handbuilt leaves, which represent poison ivy. The 3D ivy is reflected on the base and around the sides in 2D renderings. Encased within the central lidded form are small leaves and poison ivy berries. The detail and delicacy of the piece contrast the harsh, irritating, poisonous plant, which is encased inside the elevated bowl. This signifies the value and importance of every plant to its ecosystem, no matter how inconvenient it is to humans.
This ceramic stoneware piece combines slip casting, handbuilding, and wheel throwing. This container represents what humans hold and carry, and within the bulb reflects the valuable earth that holds us.
Botanical Shrine, 2021
This handheld stoneware piece combines slip casting, handbuilding, and wheel throwing. It serves as a shrine to the organic wonders of my imagination inspired by observations of nature.
This stoneware piece combines slip casting, handbuilding, and wheel throwing. The 2D renderings of the climbing kudzu are reflected in the 3D modeling. The vine grows all around the piece until it reaches the quiet bowl at the top.
12 x 18 x 18 inches
Inspired by Etruscan pots, this form has rigid changes in direction and elaborate handles. Large handles with insect-like attachments highlight insects’ minuteness and importance.
14 x 26 x 26 inches
Inspired by Etruscan pots and Greek kylikes, this form is low and wide and has two large handles. Negative space is utilized to create focal points and insect-like attachments are included.
Slab Web. This slab bowl has motifs inspired by webbing found within different aspects of nature such as spider webs and bird feet on the outside and inside corners.
Ant Support. Slip-cast stoneware, 41 pieces, encased in handmade wooden frames that hang suspended or against a wall. Size and color communicate my ideas of showing value in microfauna that are often overlooked – the forms are hand-held in size and have earth tones on the outside and golden tones on the inside. Ants convey contrast between magnificence and minuteness, resilience and decay, and growth and destructiveness, similar to water. Ants can be destructive, like floods Morganton, NC (where the piece is displayed), but also facilitate growth and diversity within a garden. Ants have plasticity and resilience and no form stands alone, representing what is needed for flourishing within a community.
Ant. Each form represents a segment of an ant – abdomen, petiole, thorax, and head. The golden tones and water on the inside invite the viewer to look into the piece.
Within the Ocean.
Together. These pieces are coil built, each representing a member of my family. The pieces can be taken apart and held by the viewer and serve as functional vases. I layered glazes to create visually textured earth tones.
Touching Moss. This piece was made by connecting five forms, using slab, coil, and pinching, to create a representational form of something found in nature. Moveable pieces allow for viewer interaction. The “couch” that the main section is resting on fits underneath and is almost hidden, but without it, the piece would not stand.
Stained ceramic slab piece, printed with hand made clay stamps.
My first coil pot (2017)