Artist Statement: The majority of the work that I do is wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain dinnerware. Following the Japanese folk tradition I try to strike the perfect balance between form and function, with the ultimate goal that the piece is used daily in your home. When I think of my work I see myself as giving birth to each individual piece, but the life of the work is created by the relationship between the pot and the buyer. Many people have spoken with me about the comfort that a coffee mug brings them each morning, the style or aesthetic that a platter brings to dinner parties, or how a certain bowl I’ve made is a must when eating soup, curry, or chili. That is the ultimate compliment to my work. I want the piece to be used and given a role in your home, not sitting on a mantle merely to be observed and dusted. It may be a strange thing to say, but I want the piece to be used over and over until it breaks, not because I want to sell you another pot, but because I think the life cycle of pottery is what attracts people to clay art. The daily coffee mug that breaks and is missed can compliment the mug that you’ve owned for 20 years and still survives. The small cup that you drank whiskey out of during college can be held and contemplated while drinking from it in your old age. Indeed, we ourselves have been molded from the earth, I think that says much about our attraction to clay.
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