Coloma, Michigan, South Haven Center for the Arts, Artist Member
Ceramicist, NHM Ceramics
Having completed my first year with the South Haven Center for the Arts, I am grateful to be a part of a team that is so impactful in our community through the arts. Always a sculptor of anything I could find a sensory sensation with, I found clay in 2013 and have engaged the medium with passion and discovery ever since. Studying ceramics at Western Michigan University and obtaining a BFA, I deeply rooted my artistic aesthetics in the foundations of this art form. After graduating in 2016, I began instructing ceramics classes at the Krasl Art Center. In 2018, I joined the SHCA team and their mission to enrich our community through the arts. As a Southwest Michigan native and artist, it is important for me to support arts organizations through their missions and utilize their resources as I understand how much work and care goes into making this available to artists. Currently, I am working on growing my body of work under the artist name, NHM Ceramics. Follow me on Instagram @nhmceramics for process videos, posts of new work, and occasionally some live music and photos of my dog, Wilson.
During my first years of exploration with this medium, I formed a close relationship with the practice of the Japanese art form, Wabi Sabi. A practice that refers to the more fragile or asymmetrical a humble object is the more it can be appreciated, Wabi. Describing the beauty of aging and the savoring of life through the passage of time, Sabi. Ceramics elated me because I understood the utilitarian aspect of forming a ball of clay into something delicate, unique, and visually stimulating all while knowing this piece was created with a lot of hard work, and to finish it in it’s complete form, there will be a lot of hard work to follow. This practice has shown me patience and acceptance within my work and myself. It has developed and evolved into my own self-discovery through clay, now I throw pots as a form of therapeutic relief from the everyday noise in my head. Absorbing inspiration from textures formed organically, I complete all my ceramic pieces with a textural aspect that enlightens the senses and leads to an introductory of exploration in ceramic objects.
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