My understanding of beauty is rooted in my rural mid-western upbringing and my parents’ emphasis on family bonds, respect and hard work. My work affirms life and is a reminder to celebrate the trivial, the tragic and the triumphant.

My pots are intended for gatherings of family and friends. While on display they serve as daily reminders of times spent with loved ones and symbols of times to come. These are functional pots, despite their delicate appearance. Symmetrical forms establish sturdiness and utility, while the fragility of their handles and edges and the precariousness of the feet are reminders to handle the work –and life—with care. Smooth, luscious, and transparent surfaces and lace decorations suggest formal use, though the pots are appropriate for everyday domestic life.

While made by hand, my work emphasizes the beauty of the object over the identity of the maker. In this way, they are inspired by the pottery of ancient Persia and Sung dynasty China, even as they embrace contemporary styles. Colors remind us of flesh and of candy; things that are sweet, good, and that stir desire.