Ubiquity of Pattern.
Working within the realm of functional pottery, I feel the need to be attentive to both its history and its role in society. Drawing from antiquity, I employ familiar themes such as lattices and arches, so that my work may open a dialogue between all cultures. Rather than making a historical document, I strive to create objects that embrace as well as expand on tradition .
Pattern itself is ubiquitous. Throughout culture themes of geometry, symmetry, and repetition have created a visual vocabulary. Operating as language, it exists as a means of communication and expression.The relationship between ornament and utilitarian objects are based on a shared function. In the same way a hand tool may serve one particular role, as well as several others, ornament can serve as decoration as well as a means of disseminating ideas.
Form should speak to its function, as functional objects exist through use. The language of the cup and saucer is that of the contemplative. The decision to employ a saucer is the decision to remove oneself from our culture of immediacy and enter a realm of contemplation. Similarly, the language of the jar is that of containment as well as the stationary. Fixed in its place, it remains, disappearing into the visual identity of our day to day. Yet with every passing, new elements are revealed as the surface fluctuates through the illumination of daylight to the incandescent light of the evening.