I am an artist and designer recently transplanted to the great city of Philadelphia. I have a background in sculpture and made a professional life in design, but I didn’t work with clay until I got here and then it immediately felt like home. Its plasticity, its history as a medium for story telling, commemoration and ritual, and its ability to shape-shift and disguise itself as other materials all make it ideal for recreating the taxonomies of flora and fauna and all the stray bits and pieces of my new life here. I love that clay will document my life from this point in time going forward, connecting me to streams of artefact, making and transformation, all within a robust community of potters and ceramists.
Traveling in Egypt ten years ago, I felt a deep connection to the images and objects in the ancient tombs with their lively conception of an afterlife. I want my work to convey the strange optimism and imagination of those objects, while reflecting on my own substance and place in life, nature and the cosmos. Like the Egyptians, I am hedging my bets for the future, hoping that when it comes time to make that journey, I’ll have created enough matchbooks and banana peels to negotiate safe passage.