I love the making process. I have been influenced through history and my environment and as a result that manifests into my work. Being filtered through my personal lens, I am left with a hybrid between traditional influences and my personal esthetic.
After exploring a new medium (monoprinting), I have found that the way I look at ceramics as a medium has changed. Through exploring scraffito, a type of decoration made by scratching through a surface to reveal a contrasting color underneath, I find I am able to utilize classic design while updating it to fit my style. Being influenced by native American, Mexican and Asian motifs, my designs have begun to take a more floral esthetic allowing me to experiment with stains, underglazes, engobes and glazes as options for creating contrast through color resulting in more dynamic surfaces. It is through these motifs, that I feel free to utlilize the entire surface through repetitive design and the creation of negative space to emphasis contrast.
I consider my past experiences as a form of accumulating tools or options that I can pull from during the making process. While initially I was attracted to ceramics via the potters wheel, I find that today I spend much less time on the wheel than I do decorating or embellishing forms that have already been made.