I began experimenting with functional work while I was at a residency at Medalta Potteries in 2022.
The first series of functional works I made are what I call "Mushroom Boxes". Each box features a different fungal species, and each box has the name of the featured species engraved under the lid. Some of the species I included are Amanita muscaria, Cortinarius trivialis, Amanita phalloides, and the Cantharellus group.
While I was at Medalta I had the opportunity to go on a road trip to see Red Rock Coulee, a natural area not far from Medicine Hat, AB. Giant sandstone boulders that have eroded from the softer bedrock lay across a wide expanse of grassland, all of which are spattered with many species of lichens. After a day of photographing countless lichens and rocks, I returned to the studio and began making small jars, using the photographs from Red Rock Coulee as reference.
A series of tableware inspired by Amanita muscaria, or Fly Agaric, a well-known species of fungus.
The Amanita muscaria Series, 2022
The Lichen Series, 2022
A series of tableware inspired by the lichen-covered rocks of Red Rock Coulee, AB.