Ceramics

Four Treasure of South Carolina

Stoneware

Slip cast, wheel thrown, handbuilt

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.




Etruscan I

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.

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Etruscan II

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.

17.-handle


14. Slab Web

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.


Support

Support (close)Support II (short frame)

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_side

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

Within the Ocean.


Hourglass PuzzleHourglass Separated

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.


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13. Touching Moss II

A Swirl of Moss Close Kiss

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.


Vase

My first coil pot (2017)

Etruscan I

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.

IMG_6919-Edit

16.-etruscan-2

Etruscan II

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.

17.-handle


14. Slab Web

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.


Support

Support (close)Support II (short frame)

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_side

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

Within the Ocean.


Hourglass PuzzleHourglass Separated

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.


12.-touching-moss-i

13. Touching Moss II

A Swirl of Moss Close Kiss

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.


Vase

My first coil pot (2017)

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