The “tiny heart” series began as a fun little exploration of different glaze techniques and tools that have evolved into one of my very best sellers. Available in trinket jars, bowls, cups, and mugs but I’m open to applying them to just about anything. They are both whimsical and sensible at the same time. Not unlike the maker, I suppose.
Be they short or tall, there is nothing more visually appealing than a vase with an elegant form. The vases I make are typically “bud” style, designed to be displayed. When I’m feeling like carving a large landscape - to calm and center me, there’s nothing like giving a vase memorable, tactile pleasing texture.
Trinket jars. Catch alls. Little compartments to store all of your treasures. They are fun, make great gifts and can make for a wonderful surprise.
My trinket jars come in texture, stamped, tiny heart, red dots, you name it. So if you are interested in a style you see somewhere else, just let me know.
After a few impromptu potter pal workshops, I’ve become fairly comfortable with making my own handles for baskets and teapots.
I think it’s really important to make as much of your own elements as you can. If there’s a handle, make it your handle. If there is texture, you create the texture. If there is stamping, you create the stamp you use for that design work. It makes your work even more intimate and personal.
The lotus is such a powerful symbol in spirituality and pottery is a spiritual exercise for me. It is about birth. Rebirth. Reincarnation. Regeneration. A friend suggested to me that I bring my lotus “doodles” to my work - and they work especially well on trinket jars, but they work well on mugs and bowls, too.
Red Dotted Series
It’s safe to say I like things others may find tedious. Repetitive markings, stamping and carving is calming to me and take me to a tribal, meditative place within my mind. The red dotted series is extremely enjoyable for me, both in production and result. They are a great seller and are available in a blue dotted and green dotted series too.
My mugs are usually recognizable for their ample size, their versatile handle position and length (three finger/four finger/mug body grip) and some texture. Many of my mug collections are textured because I like the tactile sensation the user has when holding the piece.
Mugs are my favorite thing to make and sell, because people retain a relationship with their favorite mug. I love to hear those stories and aim to make a mug that just feels good to you physically, spiritually and emotionally. A good mug can become the catalyst for an amazing day. I want to play a part in that.
Sake is about so many things: ceremony, celebration, memories, and friendship. An important part of the experience is the vessel used to bring sake from the bottle to your table. I enjoy making these sets and personalizing them with my texture and palette of colors.
Teapots are a lesson in ceramics madness. Well…they are if you are obsessive about the “pour.” My goal is to create a spout that when set upright after a pour, doesn’t dribble, or drop. I’ve come close…but I’m not mastered it. I keep my prototypes because they all provide me with insight for the next time the teapot bug bites.