I find interest in small details, and observing what remains of the evidence left behind. My work deals heavily with memory, including place and time, and the traces we are left with when a moment has passed. Some of my best memories are exploring the various landscapes of Idaho searching and digging for garnet, agate, quartz, and petrified wood with my grandfather. He taught me about the world by picking up what is so often overlooked, dismissed, or destroyed.
The vessels are created using a wide range of colored clay bodies to resemble geological strata through agateware. The colored clays are wedged together, rolled out, and thrown on the wheel. Once dry, I sand the surface to bring out more striations of color and expose various layers within the clay. These layers symbolize the layers of time both geographically and personally within my mind.
Just as stones carry the energy and influence of time – these vessels can portray the moments I had with my grandfather into something tangible. This process allows me to indulge in the act of remembering as I expose the layers and shape the clay, just as these experiences have shaped me.
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