Crossing the line between craft and art yet again, this playful teapot is more sculpture than vessel--yet it has a perfect pour. Inspired by illustrations of sea creatures on ancient maps, this Moby-esque whale stands as a centerpiece for a brunch just as easily as resting on a gallery podium.
Stoneware, electric kiln to cone 6, painted with underglaze, glazed clear internally.
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Long ago in a classroom somewhere, I etched a note to myself on a wooden easel: “Art should be everywhere”. This quickly became my mantra and has guided my exploration of media, subject, and form until this very day. Born in British Columbia to a family that is primarily Nova Scotian, I have strong ties to the oceans, mountains, and forests. I strive to create pieces that will incite a love affair between the beholder and the subject. If I can create a piece that someone wants to touch or talk to everyday, I have achieved my goal. I like to cross the line between craft (which is typically functional) and art (which is typically untouchable), and find a middle ground where the work is finessed, but the end product is approachable. If a person can appreciate how precious a ceramic cephalopod is, they can learn to appreciate how precious the original animal is.