I love being a potter and enjoy all aspects of the artistry, from the way that the clay feels beneath my hands to the earthy smell that permeates throughout my studio. I fell in love with clay as a child and as I grew, so did my art. It wasn’t until meeting Otto Hieno that I realized creativity is not limited to hobby play. It can become a living and more than that, a lifestyle.
What sealed the deal for me was Otto’s encouragement. There he was, a famous and wildly successful potter, watching me at the wheel. When he told me that I have what it takes, I knew in my gut that he was right. I knew that I was a potter.
Every piece that I create is a reflection of who I am as an artist and a rebel against mass production. There is magic in being able to cup your hands around handmade items and I find that pottery is especially wonderful to hold as each piece is unique and tells a story about the artist who built it. My pieces are created to be enjoyed for generations and I am proud of the love that I pour into each one. This is not only my livelihood, but is also my source of peace. When my vision becomes a tangible creation to be shared with the world, I become centered. It is my joy to create.
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