As I sit at the potter's wheel, my ceramic art mirrors my work in global health - at times responsive and smooth, sometimes rough and out of balance, and nearly always joyful. Both the clay and I must remain responsive for the relationship to be successful. Thus ceramic art carries valuable lessons in reciprocity, interconnection, and humility.
My clay work is composed almost entirely of utilitarian vessels designed to contain things. As such, they allude to abundance, usefulness, and generosity - attributes needed when working across significant cultural differences. Pots in a communal space imply a relationship between use and user and the aesthetic quality of the clay pots can help set the tone for the interactions that take place among those who use them. Thus, functional clay objects take on a pivotal significance in families and communities as sharing food lies at the heart of all human societies. Through my ceramic art I hope is to convey a sense of quiet and nourishment for body and spirit.
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