Sentimentality and disposability present a fascinating dichotomy in suburban American culture. As a product of a typical southern Californian neighborhood, I analyze suburban culture in an effort to locate the essence of American behavior. I am interested in consumerism and collecting, both of these behaviors often result in trash. Packaging, food, clothing, household appliances, and even keepsakes are purged daily from our homes. Archeologists study trash and ceramics in order to understand ancient cultures; my goal is to call attention to what we are leaving behind.
In addition to garbage, thrift stores are another reminder of how we accumulate and expel things of perceived value. Ceramic collectables, commemoratives and kitsch are disposable art forms designed for the instant sentimental amusement of mass culture. But when their clever sweetness wears off, they end up on bric-a-brac shelves at the local thrift store. I appropriate the aesthetics of figurines and collectables to create playful ceramic objects of sentimental familiarity that upon closer inspection can become undermined by their disposability.
I believe functional ware can communicate sculptural ideas with its design and physical experiences of touch and use. Functional work additionally must consider appropriate functional design choices in scale, form, and glaze. My approach for making pottery begins with a concept for the work, and then mixes traditional throwing, hand building, and mold-making techniques to produce usable extensions of my sculptural work.