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Platter Project

The Lawrence Arts Center's annual Souper Bowl fundraiser for the ceramics department is one of my favorite events. I've submitted platters to their silent auction since 2021 and each piece is a chance to try something different and learn a little more about working with underglaze.

I've been drawing mandalas for nearly fifteen years, so it was only natural that I started with a familiar pattern in 2021. This was actually the first piece I ever sold, and my mom bought it. My grandmother told me that she loved it, but didn't bid because she wanted to make sure my mom could have it. So I made a platter just for her the following year.

I designed hers using the colors she decorated her home with, and made sure to use hearts in the pattern.

I wanted to do something a little different for my second platter in 2022, Hylaphora Cecropia. I loved this piece so much that it kick-started a whole moth/bug phase. To this day, it's still one of my favorite things I've ever made.

2023 was a major deviation. Shortly after I brought the platter home to start working on it, I found my cat curled up asleep in the bowl. So I painted that, and she was the perfect model

In 2024 I'm back on track. This piece, Danaus Plexippus (Monarch Butterfly) is a spiritual successor to 2022's moth, and is the first butterfly I've made. It's currently on display in the Lawrence Arts Center gallery, and is available to bid on here, until February 10.


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