Undesirable Plant Series

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.

Grass, 2021

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.

Kudzu, 2021

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.

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