Through touch, vision, and use, handmade pottery allows for an intimate connection between the object and user. This is pivotal to the vessels I make. My pots allow the user a brief respite from the factory mass produced objects that inundate our lives. Whether used for a quiet cup of morning coffee, or a meal with friends, my pots allow an opportunity for the user to consciously slow down and enjoy a single moment in time. These functions also draw from Midwest cultural ideologies of conviviality and neighborliness.
The surfaces of my pots are influenced by my experiences with antiquated agricultural equipment that I see in rural Midwest America. These objects are seen as tangible things that speak to the cultural ideas which influence my pots. Through thrown and hand-built processes and atmospheric firing methods, I create vessels that each have a distinctive form and surface that distinguish them from mass produced pots. The way paint fades, erodes, and eventually gives way to rusted metal surfaces produces rich visual and physical textures. Allowing for decisions made during the making process to be evident within the final work creates unique pots that speak to process and time spent making.