More than anything, my work is inspired by hiking and the outdoors. I am also fascinated by the process of map making, specifically the translation of three dimensional landscapes into two dimensional maps. My process consists of transferring those flat maps back into three dimensions, by applying slip-trailed topographic lines onto clean, simple, wheel-thrown and handbuilt forms. In this way, I hope to create a more vivid, personal representation of the landscapes I love, while also providing users with a highly aesthetic, but functional ceramic vessel.
It is important for me to have a personal relationship with the landscapes I represent in my work. Many of my pieces feature maps of the Catskill Mountains, which I have been exploring since 2011. I find topographic map imagery aesthetically appealing, but my pieces are most meaningful when the topographic lines can evoke personal memories of the landscapes they represent.