Being able to make and explore different types of clay bodies, glazes, and firings allows for endless possibilities. I experimented with many different types of clay body recipes in college. After I graduated, I didn't have the equipment to make my own clay body so now I am working with premixed clay that is self glazing when wood fired. The majority of my work is fired in wood kiln for about 90 hours. Exposing the bare clay allows the fire and wood ash to create its own unique glaze when it is fired.
My work consists of mostly utilitarian ware; for example, mugs, bowls, plates, and vases. I create comfort and conversation with the use of my pottery in everyday life. I entice the user by stamping the object to create an overlapping effect of pattern. There is a sense of structured play when interacting with the work. The simplified flower stamp initiates the line where the belly is then pushed out. Altering the object creates asymmetry to a very symmetrical technique which shows the playfulness. I greatly enjoy the aspect of throwing an object for someone to use everyday and absolutely fall in love with it every time they use it.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts: 3D Concentration along with an Art History Minor from Central Michigan University in December 2014. I plan to push this form further to create a full body of work.