Eating with the fullest pleasure–pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance–is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world.
My work is an exploration of the fundamental process of vessel-making. My pieces are meant to be eaten from, drank from, and served upon. As well as serving a utilitarian purpose, they also tell the story of my own daily rituals involving food preparation and consumption.
For two years I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the daily rituals of rural life in South Africa. I left the fast-paced world of a university and entered a world where timing and schedules meant very little. When a friend tells you they will be leaving “just now”, they really mean that they’ll leave in about 2-5 hours. . . . .give or take. While this can be confusing and frustrating at first, what it really shows is an amazing validation that experiences with other humans are more worthwhile than keeping a timetable. Things like stopping to greet every person you pass on a walk home, inviting a neighbor over to chat and sip tea all afternoon or a complete stranger going out of their way to help me when they probably had other plans are all part of a cultural ritual worth exploring.
My work is a celebration of those, possibly insignificant, but also perfect moments in life- sipping a warm cup of coffee on a cool morning, eating dinner with the people you love most or serving your great-grandmother’s famous cake. The objects we use, either on a daily basis or only once in a while, inevitably become part of those experiences. They serve an important purpose in our daily lives, sometimes giving us comfort or allowing us to recall a memory.
My ceramic work has always had a cyclical quality, reflecting the activities of daily life. My practice begins with a specific ritual I want to explore. I consider the people involved in the ritual as well as any documentation I can get my hands on- notes, sketches, recipe cards or clippings and even stories or family lore. In some ways, I think my work is an attempt to continue to embrace daily rituals that are easy to forgo in a fast-paced world. Sometimes I need someone, or something, to make me stop and look at what is truly important. Life is a balance and I want my work to lead the user or viewer to celebrate the moments that we can never really get enough of.