I make impractical things. But to me, they are necessary.
We are all trying to figure out what matters to us in this life and to live it accordingly. My work is about that journey, deciding what is important, the essentials, and then devoting my time and energy to it. I take pleasure in the occasional victories and try not to be too hard on myself when I fail.
I remember the moment my perspective on life changed. I was driving 70 miles per hour on a highway. Daylight was breaking, another day of commuting 120 miles a day to my job as a corporate attorney. The road was smooth and the only other car was just ahead of me on the right.
Suddenly a hubcap flew towards me, so close there was no time to react. It hit the hood of my car, missing me by mere inches. I kept driving, so did the other car, as if nothing had happened. The only evidence was the dent on my car.
My life could have ended right then and I realized, to my great surprise, that I was ok with that. I wasn’t looking to die but I accepted it. And since I was ok with losing everything, there was really nothing for me to lose, certainly not the job, the money, or the prestige.
I asked myself, if I were to start over, without regard to social expectations, how would I want to spend my time and energy. I have been exploring this question for several years. When I eventually came into contact with clay, it felt honest. It is responsive to my touch but doesn’t always bend to my will. Clay and its processes can be unpredictable and hard to control but it also conveys intimately the will and personality of the maker.
Walking away from my legal career was the easy part. The hard part was to redefine myself in my own mind from a lawyer to an artist. However, as I continue to create work that resonates and connects with people, I know this is what I want to do.
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A little blue bird came to visit my studio
Moving into my new studio in Long Island City, NYC
In the midst of the 11 Howard Project. The boxes multiplied like rabbits!
The Lounge at 68 Jay Street Bar, Brooklyn, New York, November 2016 - February 2017
Sara Japanese Pottery, New York, New York, June 2016
Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, New York, New York, July - August 2015
Sara Japanese Pottery, New York, New York, March 2015
Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, December 2014
Nippon Gallery, New York, September 2014
White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia, July 2014
Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island City, New York, September 2013
Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore Maryland, August 2013
Silver City Clay Festival, Silver City, New Mexico, July 2013
Nippon Gallery, New York, April 2013
Nippon Gallery, New York, October 2011
Awards, Recognitions and Fellowships
Third Place, 15th Tokyo-New York Friendship Ceramic Competition, September 2014
Fellow, Studio Immersion Project, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, June – August 2014
Merit Award, Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition, August 2013
Finger Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, August 2012
Finalist, UncommonGoods Ceramic Design Competition, November 2011
Presidential Scholarship, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, August 2011
Honorable Mention, 13th Tokyo-New York Friendship Ceramic Competition, October 2011