While in the ceramics program at Northern Michigan University, there was a class assignment to make something of personal significance. It was then that I made my first urn – my own. That was 1999.
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, that simple decision would evolve into both a passion and a major direction for my work.
I love this quote by author Terry Tempest Williams:
“The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy.
Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves,
the whispering of grasses, the shimmering of leaves.”
It is out of that holiness and deep appreciation for the precious gift that life is – that I make the work that I do. For me, it is a sacred act to handbuild vessels intended to hold the remains of someone who was loved and existed upon the earth.
My work explores a trinity where nature, architecture and spiritual/universal symbols meet. And just as each life is unique, so each urn is one of a kind.
My hope is these vessels will offer a sense of comfort, familiarity, and tenderness in the midst of one of life’s most difficult transitions – the passing of a loved one.