Carissa says: For this design, I use the potters wheel to make each piece individually. I also use a very special technique of firing called saggar firing. While saggar firing I do not use any glaze on my pieces, instead I use organic material packed around each piece individually to achieve a truly unique outcome. The organic materials react at certain temperatures and transfer colors and textures onto the surface of the ceramics.
As a child I struggled with Dyslexia, so I had a hard time learning to read. My mind always wanted to flip and rotate the letters; I was trying to see them as 3-dimensional forms. My mother picked up on this after my teachers had given up on me. She had me make letters out of clay so that I could physically turn them and see what they looked like from all sides.
Until this point, letters made no sense to me, but once I could hold them and rotate them, everything clicked. It was then that I knew it was easier for me to communicate using a 3-D language rather than a 2-D language. From then on, I used clay as a way to express myself and communicate ideas that I couldn't share otherwise.
Ever since I played with those clay letters as a child, I knew that working with clay was something that I wanted to do, something that I needed to do. Ceramics is my passion. It brings me satisfaction and joy.Just like the alphabet, the people around us, and the plants inside them: no two pieces of mine are alike.