I make small-batch pottery, all handcrafted from my home studio in Rochester, NY
The interaction between someone who buys my pottery and how it makes them feel is why I'm driven each day to create. I am deeply pulled by the hope of bringing people together through my work. I feel that there is a common thread amongst everyone despite our many differences. Some people make themselves one peaceful cup of coffee in their favorite handmade mug to start an otherwise hectic day. Others cook dinners for their family and serve it on a platter that I had the honor of making. Regardless of how we ritualize, we do these things as an act of love and devotion to the people we cherish and things we deeply believe in.
Each time I set out to make a new piece, I also perform a certain set of steps that is a ritual all its own. Now, more than ever, I am inspired by the things that connect us and the moments that allow us to celebrate the goodness of life. Whether big or small, Ritual is how we show the world who we are and what we love.
Partnerships & Clients
Anthropologie - Terrain
HGTV's Laurel Mercantile
Beach Plum Co.
Sweet Something's Bakery
How it all started
I started off selling my pottery back in 2012. My husband is a woodworker in his off hours and for the last 6 years we dreamt up and ran a company called The Potter & Woodsmith. Now, with his blessing ( because he currently has his hands full with a variety of other projects and work ) I've shifted the company's name to Ritual Clay Co. to focus solely on my pottery.
Why Ritual Clay?
In a world that can feel pretty divided at times, I want to make sure the things that I create do their best to bring people together even where we're different. Daily rituals are extremely personal and varied for each of us but the simple fact that we all have them unites us. We perform rituals to express devotion, compassion and love to the people, places, and things that matter most to us.
MY WORK IS A MIXTURE.
I alternate between hand building and wheel thrown pieces. Some of my pottery even has aspects of both. I have learned that incorporating both gives the work a more well-rounded and interesting feel. For me, one feels incomplete without the other. The hand built aspects feel very raw and natural while the wheel's components give things a more polished finish. When combined together, I find my personal aesthetic.