This piece is an abstract interpretation of the destruction of the Huntington Beach Pier in 1988. I built "the pier" using extruded hexagonal coils and created the water texture by partially blending many tiny hand-rolled coils. I used a mix of different Potter's Choice glazes on the Bee Mix clay body to achieve the mahogany of the pier and the dark, stormy blue of the water. I chose this piece because through abstract form, texture, and inspiration drawn from the sea, I feel as though it captures much of who I am as an artist. Also, it explores the darker, more destructive nature of the ocean, which continually fascinates me. My hope is that in understanding this piece, people will come to respect the raw power of the ocean.
This particular piece pays tribute to Mother Nature and the role she plays in the nurturing and life-giving facet of the ocean. I hand built it using Arctic White clay, which I chose because it is good clay to use for sculptures. I drew special inspiration for this piece from my experience snorkeling the Molokini Crater in Hawai'i as well as exploring the tide pools of Laguna Beach. These adventures both left me awestruck at the idea of a whole world existing below the surface and along the edge of the ocean I am so familiar with. I choose this piece because of the struggle - and ultimate victory - that it represents to me. I initially had a hard time getting started on this bust; figuring out the proportions and dimensions of the human body. Now, it is once of my favorite pieces to date. Through this piece, I wish to communicate the ethereal beauty of the reefs across the globe, inspiring others to take action towards the preservation of such rich ecological systems.
This pot was coil built and finished with my favorite texture pattern, inverted scales. Each scale was hand carved in a wave down the pot to imitate the movement of sea weed. I used Bee Mix clay and Potter's Choice and Celadon glazes. I chose this piece because it shows a snippet of my early work, as well as the "birth" of my love for texture. Also, this is the pot mentioned in my significant event response, so it represents my growth as an artist. This pot changed my perspective and is what made me love the organic form, so I hope that it can do the same for others.
For my final first semester of sophomore year, Ms. Davies gave us a simple instruction: use FSB clay body to create a hollow organic form. With one hour of time allowed, I got to work. I started forming "shells" and sticking them together. soon, I ended up with this organism. As it was coming together, I began to see it as a creature, perhaps of the deep sea, that we had yet to discover. Viewing it as such, I chose to glaze it a dark blue reminiscent of deep waters. I chose this piece because to me, it represents all that I still have to learn about the ocean, and it encourages me to continue being curious. My goal for this pice is to enlighten others of the unknown and rather enigmatic facet of the ocean's depths, igniting a curiosity in all to explore it further.
For this slab-built seven sided pyramidal figure, I was inspired by the ancient architecture of Egypt and the idea of the lost city of Atlantis. I combined the two by modifying the traditonal 4-sided pyramid and adding my inverted scales to evoke the depths of the ocean. The blue-green glaze reflects the mossy, yet timeless look that I imagine the Lost City to have. I chose this because because it showcases my textures and color very well,while still remaining simple and tasteful. My goal for this piece is to renew the childish sense of wonderment and endless curiosity for all those who look at it.
This is the first pinch pot I ever made. It is made out of Bee Mix and was finished by layering different Potter's Choice glazes. I chose to include this in my portfolio because it shows my technical growth as an artist, while showing that from the very start, I gravitated towards the oceanic blues. As with all my other work, I want this pot to simply make the viewer happy, because that is how I felt making it, so i want that to translate through my work.
This is hand mudra used commonly in Bhuddism to represent Ether. Ether is the void of space- all that is. I chose this particular hand position because I am enchanted by the idea that each person is a tiny portion of all of space. The void that ether represents parallels my thoughts on the unexplored depths of the ocean. I sculpted this mudra out of Bee Mix clay and finished it with Celadon Glazes within my signature color spectrum. I chose this piece to further perpetuate the manifestation of my curiosity in the "empty void" that is the furthest, deepest reach of the oceans. I hope that my piece can help educate people on the practice of mudra hand yoga as a method to promote bodily well being, as well as continue to inspire curiosity about the deep sea.
I built this pice using textures found around the classroom and cut up wheel-thrown cups. I glazed it with fresh and light Celadons. This piece was primarily inspired by my experiments with texture as well as wheel work. I then planted California native succulents. I chose this piece because i was able to bring a living, growing aspect to the hard and unmoving clay. I also like it because when i look at the succulents, I am able to see a natural parallel to the flora of the sea. I hope that this piece brightens someone's day because the colors and succulents areI hope that this piece gives someone a new perspective on the traditional flower pot and shows that a sculptural pot can often times enhance the beauty go the plants inside of it.
This is small wheel-thrown cup that I accented with a curled rim. I chose to glaze it using Jungle Gems glaze, which is a crystalline glaze that blooms when fired. I included this piece in my portfolio to show a small bit of my wheel work as well as show my experimentation with visually textured glazes. Most of all, I want my work to make others feel as happy as it makes me feel.