These ceramics incorporate natural materials and tactile textures, inviting you to enhance the visual experience by exploring the surfaces with your hands too. Ceramics can add dimensional interest to your space with unique pieces that blend artful design and a call to slow down to discover all the unique details in each piece.
This ceramic body of work sprung from the artwork I was developing for my next painting series. In my aim to incorporate more tactile textures, I was adding new materials to the painting surface such as wood, textiles, leather, plaster and ceramics. As I experimented more and more with clay, learning through trial and error, I started to visualize how ceramic sculptures and vessels could become an expansion of my current body of work. Fast forward to today, and I am finally ready to share with you my ceramic artwork.
Each sculpture and vessel is made by hand, with custom ceramic glazes, acrylic paints, or both.
May ceramic artwork remind us to slow down and discover all the wonderful little details in art and the natural world around us!
I first began exploring ceramics around 2015, but without access to a kiln, I was limited to creating pieces tied to specific classes. I eventually put clay on pause.
A few years later, with access to the communal kiln at Artspace, and the encouragement of wonderful mentors like sculptor Oami Powers, I began to experiment with ceramics again. I took several focused workshops and spent countless hours learning how to work with, and overcome the challenges presented by, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, and specialty clays.
The earliest ceramic iterations featured standard glazes and somewhat recognizable vessel shapes. Over time, the shapes have become more abstract, and the construction methods more complex, with some incorporating custom glaze blends and/or acrylic paint. As the ceramic artwork continues to evolve, I am figuring out how to create larger statement pieces that can be suspended or displayed on a wall. Stay tuned! 🙂
Each one of these ceramic pieces is designed, finished by hand, glazed and/or painted in my studio before slow firing twice in the kiln. Ceramics have a lengthy process as it takes several weeks from the time the clay is first hand-formed, to the time it comes out of the kiln ready to add finishing touches.
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