My ceramic work begins as simple stoneware slabs that are manipulated by hand. I leave the awkward joins, cracks, and scarring intentionally untouched—artifacts of the construction process and of the compromises made between artist and material. The introduction of transitional metal oxides into the clay while still plastic, and again prior to final glaze firing, imbues the finished work with surfaces reminiscent of stone and of earth.
I take my aesthetic cues from my surroundings, and spend much of my time studying sidewalks, buildings, roadways, and walls. I’m inspired by moments that reveal the built environment softening and giving way to time, wear, and to the natural processes that govern us all. The indelible fingerprints we’ve left on the world eventually transform into something new and beautiful — an unintended collaboration between humankind and that which we try to control.
More recently, I've started incorporating objects collected from walks in and around Gowanus into larger sculptural works.