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1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN
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I’m a ceramic artist in Duluth, MN where I draw lots of inspiration from our beautiful Gitche Gumee, Lake Superior. Becoming a mother and teacher here as well as learning more about my connection to the Anishinabeg people through my Grandmother has brought more meaning to the artistic inspiration and belonging  I have felt here. 

My clay pieces are largely inspired by growth patterns like those seen in bones and shells and how they relate to the fluidity of water. I often begin with bones I find along the rivers and shores of Lake Superior. The ridges and curves I add to my wheel-thrown vessels are inspired by the bones: fluid and unfolding, graceful and strong – they speak to me of water, birth and the evolving nature of physical existence. 

During my process of throwing, sculpting and firing I like to leave evidence of that which is not in my control; I encourage the clay to crack by stretching it around the curves of wheel-thrown vessels. I then carve it to the point of collapse and high-fire it. The high temperature of the kiln can cause the clay to warp and twist but also strengthens it while creating an atmosphere in which the glazes mix and crystallize. Trying to integrate these awkward or difficult aspects of working with clay has provided inspiration and helped me embrace change as a threshold of possibility.

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