My background in anthropology relates to culture and community and has inspired me as a ceramic artist. I'm interested in the daily rituals we partake in and the objects that we associate with these actions.
I believe the beauty of utilitarian ceramics lies in its ability to create community through social interactions while nourishing the body. Much like the Yup'ik story knives that I am inspired by, the universal nature of utilitarian ceramics is such that it creates opportunities to share thoughts and stories with others over communal gatherings. My vessels contain inspiration from the North in incised patterns and textures. Those who use the vessels will create and contain their own memories through their continued use.
Our daily lives are punctuated by situations that revolve around eating and drinking. These social contexts allow for opportunities to share experiences and stories, and to create and strengthen relationships. As a potter I create vessels that become integral parts of these communal events, whether it be a formal gathering, sharing a meal with family, or having coffee with a friend.