1. Tell us how you got into ceramics and what you love most about your work.
My mom is a potter and taught pottery for a long time in her 20’s, so we’d always mess around with clay when I was growing up. It wasn’t until I got to freshman year of high school that I took a full-on class, and my teacher taught me how to throw and sculpt. I did internships and took classes throughout high school, so that’s where I got my foundational learning. I graduated from UT with a major in Advertising and worked a few different tech jobs before pursuing ceramics as a profession. I worked for several different potters and learned from amazing teachers before venturing out on my own.
My favorite part of my work is the flow of making something with my hands and keeping my awareness with the pots that I’m working on. It provides me with a calm wavelength that I can be on in my life. I love the nature of the process and how it takes time and patience and multiple different steps to make pottery. It’s really rewarding when you finish a piece after a minimum of a week and a half and it’ll last forever...unless someone drops it. I love that from 9 am-4 pm my hands are dirty and I can’t be on my phone. It’s nice in a world that’s increasingly more digital and device-oriented to have a craft that’s separate from that.
2. How would you describe the style of your pieces?
I come at my pottery with both my art background as well as my design background; when I was working on brands I always wanted to just do one trick or detail that stood out and made it simple and tasteful and calming. That design-oriented thinking applies to my pottery a lot. My work is simple and soothing with earth tones; the color palettes and textures are inspired by the landscape in Texas - whether that be the mountains in West Texas or the sunset.
The style of my work is a combination of the southwest, as well as a practice in simplicity. It’s also influenced by Japanese pottery - coincidentally I work for a lot of Japanese restaurants like Tenten, Otoko, dipdipdip Tatsu-Ya, and Sushi Junai Omakase. I went on a trip to Japan last year, and I think the Japanese do “simple” really well. I love their concept of wabi-sabi, which symbolizes impermanence and finding beauty in the imperfect and goes hand in hand with the ceramic making process.