Touch is a fundamental element in the process of eating. Bare clay touching lips or hands forefronts a tactile quality back into the activities of eating and consuming. The change in sensation heightens our awareness of what we are ingesting and supports a primal understanding of who we are as humans. My work functions as an extension of the body; whether that is through scooping or eating; displaying or containing liquid there is interaction with each piece. The work transforms to a place where nourishment can be held and protected. Through use, we become conscious of the time and pace it takes to nourish ourselves.
In today’s society, food too often serves only as a fuel for our bodies -- allowing us to keep up with our hectic lifestyles instead of serving as the catalyst for an enjoyable experience. For many people, the constant push to complete their daily tasks can not only be exhausting, but also a source of frustration that prevents them from doing their best work and reaching their full potential.
My vessels encourage self-awareness and mindfulness of the task at hand- enjoying a light snack or meal. I want a moment of savoring taste and treasuring texture, a moment of sensory understanding on more than one level. I long for a time where sitting with a cup and reflecting on the days events is a necessary pastime.