After a long period of separation and division brought on by the pandemic, political division, and ongoing social injustice, I have been using ceramics to encourage collective healing. As an artist with disabilities, I want my work to be part of creating a home for all of us…not just some of us– a place where all can experience acceptance, dignity, and healing. My MANTRA series features functional pieces with Braille intended to inspire meditative moments and empathy both for others and for one’s self. The Braille serves as a reminder that marginalized individuals exist in our society and must always find a way to adapt and survive, often silently. While not all my work features Braille, my functional ceramic and jewelry work encourages creating space for all to feel welcome and empowered.
All my work is made with domestic porcelain in Tulsa, Oklahoma.