Little Bear Pots
"When I think about bears, I always imagine them as fiercely strong and independent creatures of the forest, who contrastingly live off soft fruit and honey. I try to create pieces that play with this blend of softness and sharpness, using patterned surfaces, craters, and spikes built out of hardened soft clay.
Every piece that I make starts as a softball of stoneware clay, and is either wheel-thrown or handbuilt and fired to about 2230 degrees Fahrenheit. Every spike is attached and patterned drawn entirely by hand. I’m drawn to multiples and repetition and particularly love it when an object slightly diverges from the set through an intriguingly non-straight line or misplaced fingerprint. Nothing is ever molded or cast, and I love how it makes every single piece entirely unique, and resultantly, my regular designs grow and change slightly over time. That makes each pot more like a signature or heartbeat, a form that’s alive."