Born and raised in Houston. Still living in Houston.
Where do you turn for inspiration in creating your art objects? How do you visualize your objects within the greater context of the object in its natural environment?
I feel like most of my inspiration finds me. I tend to get inspired when I’m not really seeking things out, i.e. just driving or walking around in the city. I like to take the pieces I make out of the context I find them in. Making a big rock into a vase or a wasp nest into a paper weight are a few examples.
What significance does material and color hold in your building of the object?
Since I first started working with clay, I realized I need to continually disregard methods and rules and just allow myself to experiment, no matter how terrible the end product might be. I have found that this method allows for little breakthroughs that could lead into bigger projects.
How important is it to keep an element of humor in your work?
It’s important to me because humor tends to be the short route to happiness and if I can instill that in someone with art then it gives me purpose.
How do you seek to break down the intended purpose of the object in order to reintroduce it as something else?
I like to think of it as a slot machine. Subconsciously I keep a running list of functions, objects and materials streaming through my mind. Every now and then, I’ll see something that causes everything to align. Then I set about making it.
What necessities do you require when making your art (radio, specific paintbrushes)?
Some days I need music, in which case I will likely indulge in some form of Italian Disco. Other days I just need to hear some sort of narrative journalism in the likes of RadioLab, This American Life or an Alex Blumberg production. Sponges and lots of buckets filled to the brim with clay.
Is there something people would be surprised to discover about you?
At an early age, I was deemed dyslexic. Although it seemed like a negative thing for me at the time, I think it allowed me to take in information in a much more visual way and in turn, set me up to be exactly where I want to be.
What’s next for you?
I am going to keep one foot firmly rooted in ceramics but I do feel myself gravitating towards working with glass.