My art practice revolves around my love of nature. Through this love of nature, I am especially drawn
to working in a garden. I have a tendency to organize everything in my own garden, to make it very
neat and tidy. I also want to tidy up other gardens that I see if I notice any weeds, stray leaves, or
twigs. Through the ceramic medium, I have created forms that suggest objects that could exist in
nature. They could be leaves or lichens, shells or seed pods. I form the porcelain into organic
shapes that curl and fold as I pinch the clay gently between my fingers. These shapes are like
drawings to me. The edges of the clay are thin and undulating, like a pencil line. The curves and
planes that evolve create hills and valleys that reflect light and produce positive and negative space.
As I continue to manipulate the clay, making it thinner and thinner, it begins to droop around my
hand. Through this pinching process, the clay sometimes breaks away and leaves jagged edges.
This result mimics what occurs in nature when the wind blows or when it rains and causes a leaf to
bend backward and forward before it finally breaks away. My fingerprints are a part of the surface of
these forms, thereby allowing the process to become a part of these “gestural” drawings in clay. The
softness of the surface of the clay reflect the quiet and gentle way in which they are made. It also
reflects my desire to create a feeling of calmness and caring that I want to convey to others. There is
fragility in these forms that I make. There is also strength in their final resolution. My intention is to
continue to explore this dichotomy and to invite others to share in my discoveries.


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