The custom-made decal found in the interior of every piece of this collection was inspired by such concepts as generosity, sharing and gratefulness. The symbolic image of a tree germinating from open hands carries many meanings for people, something that I've learned over time. The tree of life is a common interpretation and I often see people respond to it in a quiet, unassuming yet profound way. It speaks to our symbiotic relationship with nature while inviting us to pause and be thankful, it truly does resonate. Of all of my collections, I feel that this one is most successful in capturing what it means to gather with love ones around food that has been carefully and lovingly prepared. It incarnates our connection to the earth, to the food that we eat, to the people that we cherish.
This is my most popular collection to date and I still love seeing the emphatic reaction it often elicits. I'm still unsure why I was drawn to the idea of using jellyfish as imagery on ceramics. I did however anticipate that it would be both fun and graphically pleasing, but not that it would be so consistently relished. The Jellyfish Collection manifests our connection to the ocean while soliciting memories that recall joy and wonderment, or maybe a jellyfish sting!
Historically, the color blue has been frequent in the ceramic field. It can be found across many cultures and across time. With this collection, I was hoping to create a classic tableware line that references the past while remaining contemporary in its aesthetic. A simple, accessible and visually striking collection that makes any meal or beverage look that much more appealing.
Hot Air Balloon Boat Collection
From this most recent collection emerged a reflection about the passing of time and our relationship to it. By using images of a compass rose and a hot air balloon boat, many feelings may be evoked. Direction, space and time, travel, creativity, nostalgia, getting lost in thought, a lightness of being, a dream state are all elements that I was hoping to conjure up. Of all of my collections, I believe this one is the strongest at instigating an emotion that connects with our inner self, that speaks to the soul.
In thinking of the many colors that we commonly see applied to ceramics, I have noticed that orange is not frequently used. In this collection, I wanted to explore its potential in combination with my imagery. The conscious choice of juxtaposing bright neon orange, a color often associated with danger, warning and precaution, to imagery referencing climate, heat and energy solutions, is intended to highlight the urgency of our current climate state. The use of turbines and a stove top element as graphic imagery is meant to remind us of our planet that is heating up more and more each year. It is also meant to get us thinking about energy and our relationship to the environment.