What started as a project investigating slow processes and hand sourced materials within the ceramic field, quickly turned into a deeply emotional attachment between myself and the earth I was working with. In the hot, humid summer of 2022, I spent learning from the clay rather than battling against. Clay was my master, as I worked to understand its identity and the history behind it, what made it crack and what allowed it to stand tall on its own. It sat there as an ode to the land that was pivotal to my adolescence; a silent teaching ground that led to my understanding of what is possible within nature.
I have created five vessels through this project inspired by every stone, every leaf, every drop of water, all things great and small. The pieces here have been Raku fired with sycamore bark, ash, and pine needle as well as adorned with local blooms.