I love making these boxes, hand built, coiled and pinched. I envision these unique vessels sitting on kitchen counters, lifting the spirits of their owners. These highly functional pieces have a rustic look that contrasts with the cityscapes that have inspired their shapes. Slats and holes help your garlic bulbs breathe, keeping them fresh until you are ready to add them to your favorite dish – or ward off a pesky vampire.
Each piece I start with a slab of clay. I create a footprint for the piece I am creating. Often on the slab I will use a stamping technique to create a texture the for the glaze to react to later in the process. From there I then coil and pinch the form to create the soft yet structural walls that create the piece I am working on. After the piece has been glazed and fired I then mask off the work in preparation to be sandblasted. THEN SANDBLASTING! I take the shiny layer of the glaze and then focus my effort on bringing the corners and subtle texture of the hand building process through the glaze. I love this stage as it lets me age the piece and bring to life the energy and joy that went into making the pot to the surface. After this stage some pieces go through the laborious hand sanding process to give the pieces that are handled on a daily basis a soft and supple feel. It helps match the visual with the tactile experience.