I must first start with the invitation to pick up and explore the pottery in the gallery. To understand my work as much as possible, it is absolutely essential that viewers pick these pots up. I like to think that the pot is a three-dimensional canvas that also has the ability to serve, present, or store nourishment of any kind. I work compulsively to make large bodies of work that I can then add color to. The underglaze paintings on each pot utilize vibrant colors that are attractive to the eye. The sanded and polished surface further reveals the skin of the pot and creates very thin and smooth washes of color that are incredibly satisfying to touch. As viewers handle the objects it will become clear that each pot is attended to with the same amount of thought and consideration and are intended to survive a lifetime of ware and use. Just don’t drop it. The panels, although formal in presence, provide a backdrop to the pottery and further allow viewers to investigate each pots’ individual profile. When pots are thrown repeatedly, they can easily feel all too similar when viewed as a collection. Upon further investigation, each pot is completely individual and retains its’ own individual qualities. The title, Homage to the Pot, refers to the Josef Albers exhibition Homage to the Square, in which Albers utilized images of the square in massive quantity to teach and investigate fundamental color relationships. My exhibition pays homage to Albers for writing the books that taught me to effectively see and use color theory as a means of overcoming being color-blind. This exhibition also pays homage to the potters that came before me and those who will come after me – for it is the objects that are left behind that continue to teach and give understanding into the lives of those that have come before us.