Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Photo By Steven Gnam Photography

My functional work is meant to be used daily, to bring an aesthetic to daily life and events. I rebuke the shallow anonymity of the objects in our lives and work to replace those objects with beautiful things that have a connection to the maker and a story.  I honor the joy of reaching for my favorite mug each morning and the disappointment when I accidently break it. The joy and loss are how I know beauty and connection are real.

Ironwork started as an adjunct to my ceramic vessels, the strengths and weaknesses of clay and iron become pronounced when the two come together. My love of forging has grown to encompass architectural instillations such as railings, ladders and lighting. I am influenced by the clean lines of modern design and the natural material and flow of Japanese composition. 

There is a term in human anatomy called ‘potential space.’ It’s when two structures are distinct yet fit together so tightly that there is only the potential for space. Functional ceramics needs to be held to experience it’s curves and textures, to reflect the nature of our hands. It is this potential space that defines each object in relation to the other, as the natural world defines us as humans, both our limitations and our abundances.

I seek the handmade life not for nostalgia but rather, for connection, intimacy and community. I am proud to be a part of the resurgence of small-scale builders, farmers and makers redefining the “consumer market”.

photo by Joey Early

photo by Joey Early

Artist mark pressed into the plaster walls of my home studio in the mountains of Western Montana