My teaching philosophy is rooted in empathy, individuality, inclusivity, and providing constructive feedback that encourages risk-taking, curiosity, and personal and professional growth.
With my work, I aim to invoke a sense of wonder and other worldliness in the viewer. I am influenced by the non-human-made qualities in my environment: exuberant and diverse natural textures and organic patterns that emerge from growth, along with the juxtaposition of chaos and symmetry in nature.
I use archetypal vessel forms as a starting point for abstraction. These shapes, symbols of civilization, help anchor the viewer on something familiar enabling contemplation and discovery. Connecting these anthropological shapes with the organic and unrefined expresses the intricate, linked, yet disjointed relationship between the human-made and the natural environment and what it means for humans to make art inspired by nature. This is expressed through rich surfaces acquired by layering glazes and altering the thrown form. I throw my pieces on the wheel in sections and alter them at different stages of the drying process. I make use of the materiality of the clay, pushing it to (and sometimes beyond) its limits to achieve a balance between control and chaos.
Each of my sculptural pieces is titled with a name, which emphasizes their unique personalities and enhances the connection between the viewer and the piece.