The name Ensatina represents the region where I live and grew up. It’s a tiny salamander and can be seen as a symbol of the process of making ceramics, combining the myth of the creature’s muddy origins and imperviousness to fire with the reality of it’s metamorphosis from juvenile to adult, just as clay transforms through firing from greenware to finished ceramics.

I draw inspiration from a variety of sources, but mostly from plants and animals local to where I live as well as mythological and fantasy creatures that capture my imagination. If I could truly describe my art in words, I wouldn’t need to work in clay. I want to allow people to have their own relationships with my pieces, and to feel welcome to tell their own stories about what things mean to them.

You can follow me on instagram to see my latest work, or catch up with me at a local show.