As the sun sets on the bustling streets of Yaoli, China, the sound of propane tank deliveries echoes through the city. Though the harmonies of resilience may seem beautiful to some, to others, they are a haunting reminder of the daily struggles faced by the hardworking citizens. The clanging of metal tanks and the hiss [...]
Stepping out of our comfort zones (and embracing the unknown).
The day I met Toby and Dingdong at a Chinese porcelain sink factory started with a bumpy ride in what I believe was an old Datsun-like car from the 1980s. I could feel every bump and pothole on the mostly dirt road that led us out to the factory. The car was far from luxurious, [...]
Making Porcelain Slip for Slipcasting
Slipcasting is a popular technique for creating ceramic objects. (Here are some examples of my work, which was all done in slipcast). The process involves pouring a liquid clay mixture, called slip, into a plaster mold. As the plaster absorbs the water from the slip, a solid layer of clay forms on the interior of [...]