Wheel-thrown & altered stoneware clay, slips & glazes, gold luster // 2011
This was a final project for "Intro to Ceramics: Wheel-Thrown Form;" the task was to make a place setting for anyone.
This set of "cultural dinnerware" focuses on the beauties and struggles within two people from two very different ethnic backgrounds, making one place setting for two:
Hainanese, Irish, Puerto Rican
Each dinner piece explores the identity it is assigned to, then the halves are joined to tell the whole story of the couple. Culture and family has been a big part of my life, which is why I decided to choose my boyfriend, Sami, and myself as the two people completing one place setting. This was an exploration in the religious, ceramic, and personal culture of another loved one, as well as a re-discovery of my own blend of ethnicities.