WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE MEDIUM TO WORK WITH? Right now I mainly work in porcelain clay, and a black clay. The black clay I use I do not glaze the outside of the pieces. The dark matte clay really shows the shape and has a unique soft look. I also love working with stoneware that has a lot of texture. With that clay I usually pit fire it. I also enjoy experimenting by combining different mediums like wood with clay. The contrast of the smooth clay and rough bark texture creates a conversation with the materials.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE? I live up on a dormant volcano called Haleakala, which means “house of the sun”. I like living up on the mountain, it gives me balance. Where I live, I am at 4000 feet but only 25 minutes from the ocean. Sometimes a blanket of fog rolls in and creates our own little island above the clouds. Its cooler here and that is soothing to me. There are seasons on the Hawaiian islands and you can really feel them up on the mountain side. For instance during the winter months we use our wood fired stove to break the chill and heat our house. I bake bread often and have a small garden that provides nourishment to my boyfriend and myself. Soon I hope to keep bee-hives and chickens here on the land.
WHO HAS INFLUENCED THE DIRECTION YOUR POTTERY HAS TAKEN? My mentors in my life are humble but experienced potters and teachers. Bob Flint is a ceramics teacher at the Hui No’eau. He is also a professional artist, that is accomplished in sculptural and ceramic murals. Al Okamoto is a life long teacher, who has a specialty in ash glazes and surface texture. He is extremely inventive and very supportive in my ceramic progression. Anne Mette Hjortshøj is a Danish potter that lives on the west coast of Bornholm, Denmark. She is a potter who’s simple lifestyle and work inspires me. She has built a two chambered wood firing kiln that she fires her work in. She is humble and attentive but greatly talented.
DO YOU HAVE A CREATIVE COMMUNITY AROUND YOU AND HOW DO YOU FEEL THIS HELPS YOU? My group of friends that surround me are creative in so may different avenues. From photography to wood carving they strive for simple, clear craftsmanship and beauty. These friends support me in my creative visions, hold me to my goals, and push me to find my voice in my work. I am grateful for this community and friendship. I feel that it challenges me and pushes me to excellence in my art and keeps me accountable to my creative voice and growth.