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          I find joy in the off the wall and whimsical. I reflect this in my work with agateware, altered forms, and overtly expressive shapes. One of the greatest things I find in art is that sometimes it’s okay to create something that brings you joy, and that is enough of a purpose for that art to exist. I find myself constantly coming back to functional ware as well, being able to create something with more of a practical use while maintaining an interesting form is just a much more pleasant experience.

          On the flip side of whimsey I focus on trauma and recovery. After years of hospitals and doctors, not knowing if I was dying, and uncovering past traumas I came to learn that even if something may appear damaged or broken it can still hold value. The Japanese art of Kintsugi is beautiful and I find it completely relatable to the human experience. This is representative of how something broken is not irreparable, and can have more value because it has more history and a story behind the damage. As people, we are constantly left with scarring whether emotional or physical. These scars represent the traumas we have been through and survived. I don't think they should be looked at in a negative light, but rather as proof of our perseverance and humanity. We are able to use those experiences to empathize with others who have been through similar situations.

          At my core I believe that knowledge and opportunity should be accessible. I think that life is about community and connections. My days are filled with teaching those who wish to learn, and learning what I can from others.


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