I am a ceramic artist, working mainly with porcelain and focusing on lavish surface decoration. My work references exclusive and precious porcelain wares from 18th-century Europe as I seek to capture the qualities for which porcelain has been known since its discovery thousands of years ago in China: purity, translucency, and resonance.
I am captivated by the cultural exchange through porcelain trade starting as early as the 15th Century. Visiting the porcelain capital of the world, Jingedzhen in China, and the Japanese porcelain export port, Arita, and then encountering a palace filled with early porcelain wares from these two cities at the Zwinger in Dresden, Germany, reminded me of the relationships between these very different cultures and how they continue to influence each other, especially through the ceramic arts. Although there might be considerable differences between these civilizations, the cultural exchange between them is an important connector of history and has produced a long and rich exchange of ideas between artists and makers. Eastern craft traditions have been handed down to the West, where the handmade aspect is essential within the craft of the West.
I am attracted to the enameled and lustered surfaces of the Baroque, Renaissance, and Rococo porcelain designs as well as elaborations on structural elements from these time periods, inspired by this cultural interchange. I explore surface ornamentations and embellished shapes to gain more knowledge for my own studio practice. I am interested in incorporating and referencing historic drawings, motives, and patterns into my work using traditional Chinese and Japanese decorating methods I learned and studied from the skilled crafts women and men of Jingdezhen and Arita, such as blue and white painting, chinapainting, flocking, gilding, gold luster, gold leaf, and gold powder applications.