I am facinated by how decorative arts display social status and reflect a culture's priorities and values, as well as being utilitarian objects. These craft objects can become icons of a culture--functioning as symbols of national identity. I am interested in this ability of pottery. In my pots I combine elements of different culturally specific pottery to create objects that speak to contemporary identity.
Research into pottery traditions is essential to my studio practice. This research takes the form of reading anthropology, archeology, art history, and ceramic books and studies, as well as careful examination of historical pottery during museum visits. This information informs my practical explorations when making my own studio work. My Windgate Fellowship has helped me pursue this line of inquiry in the US, and in England and Dubai as well.