Ever since I can remember, my family (parents) have always had two different sets of dishes. One was your typical white, mass-produced tableware that was most likely bought from a major department store. The other group of dishes were Japanese and quite different from one another. The Japanese pots were smaller, more colorful, usually not symmetrical and made for a specific purpose (food dish). I think what was interesting to me then, and now, is the didactic between the specificity of the Japanese ware and the generics of the western white ware. It’s this dichotomy or juxtaposition of aesthetics and utility that is explored in my current work. Although my personal fascination with these objects is the primary drive to create them, it is important for me to leave room for the viewer/user to form their own associations and interpretations.
Sculptural Vessels: ‘Shards’
This body of work deals with the idea of a shard and the ability to reveal the interior of a form. This series was inspired by an event in my childhood where I lost everything to a house fire. After the smoked and ashes were cleared, the only thing that remained unscathed were the ceramics. They were chipped and broken of course, but the surface and glazes were intact as if nothing happened. Decades later, I find myself still being challenged by this force and by the littlest shard for clay.