Hi, I'm Tina!
Experiments in Bravery
For the last three years I’ve worked to find adoptive homes for Texas children living in state custody. The stresses and successes of working in child welfare pushed me to reconnect to a time in college spent in studios as a pottery student.
Each form of clay demands nurturing and process that I find soothing. Having control over the success of the end product alleviates some stresses of the many unknowns in my social work world. Hand building keeps me connected to my medium, so I remain responsive to the needs of the clay. This time with myself requires courage and a willingness to fail and learn that helps me practice bravery in other areas of work and life. So Brave Ceramics grew in the last two years from dedicated focus and an increasing sense of courage to push myself and the clay to welcome and enjoy risk.
When hand building, the majority of my work is created from slabs of clay that I roll, imprint textures onto and alter to create functional, sculptural forms. Currently I’m focusing on firing my work in gas and raku kilns. I enjoy the raku firing techniques because it creates unpredictable colors and surfaces as gas kilns create color differences based on its placement within the kiln.
As a quintessential Gemini, I flutter to the ends of the spectrum in a matter of minutes. Country dancing the two step, tarot, spending time in sunshine, and being a support to family and friends keeps my attention. I practice yoga to stay aware of daily life's affect on my body and mind. I'm thrilled that new Gilmore Girls are in my life.
I only create functional pieces meant to invoke a playful connection to everyday life. Every piece is made with intentional variations so that no piece is exactly the same. The pieces find their personality when used in a home whether it provides light play, beautiful meal sets, or a place for your favorite incense. All pieces are microwave, dishwasher, and food safe unless specified as a raku piece.