Southside Studio Ceramics
Work currently for sale at Showroom in Uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Come touch it!
Born and raised in the southside of Minneapolis, I used mostly paper dinnerware products until I made my own dishes in high school. The daughter of a working class single mother, I was taught dishes were an awful burden and art was frivolous. Majoring in art education in college wasn’t a remedy for launching myself into fine art as art teachers have a stigma in the studio world, however it did help me learn to mix media by taking coursework in drawing, fibers, sculpture, and of course, ceramics.
I am still finding my voice as an artist but the thread that resonates through my work is contrast and exploration of concept. When I first began, my work was about imposing the literal architectural elements of the city to represent the ceremony of connection to the urban environment into teapot form which highlighted my personal separation from the elegance of ceramic vessels. I have since began to dig deep by exploring form, space, and material.
Contrast runs throughout much of my current work. Either by choosing to glaze most my highly-distorted vessels in a combination of glazes that creates a surface on the delicate porcelain that appears to have been pulled off the mucky sea floor, by drawing the ASL gestures of curse words on durable tumblers, and by creating forms the majority of viewers are confused by until they use them.