My art speaks on the intersection and juxtaposition of delicacy and sturdiness, often with dainty vines and flowers decorating the surfaces of large, sturdy, and strong pots. I cover my greenware with black or white slip and then carve around the floral designs. The carving that creates the negative space surrounding the plants uses expressive and dynamic lines to move the eye across and around the pot. I make this work as a tribute to my own and other womens’ creation of craft, and to their, and my own strength and delicacy. This is important to me because I’ve often tried to find my own identity, and where I fit in, in terms of expressing my femininity, grace, and strength. It is also important to me to bring attention to often overlooked flowers, vines, and weeds, by blowing them up on a grand scale. This is representational of my own act of taking up space in the world - I have often felt that I had to lessen myself vocally, emotionally, and even physically in order to take up as little space as possible. My large artworks are a rebellion against this. This idea of bringing attention to forgettable things is a metaphor for bringing attention to female craft artists and craft artists in general, whose work is often considered “low art” in comparison to “fine art.” In a world where many female artists and traditionally “feminine” crafts or art forms, like fabric arts and ceramics, are not as respected as male artists and “fine art” such as painting and sculpture, it is necessary for us as women artists to make our grace, femininity and strength known as we may choose to express it through our art and process. I hope that my work can be included in the rich history of female artists and craft makers of all types, and have our arduous and rewarding process of craft making respected as art.