I am obsessed with capturing moments. The first time I was able to successfully capture a moment was on a high school trip. At some point during the route from Ohio to Florida, I witnessed the most beautiful thing I had yet to see take place: the process of dawn. The images from that experience weighed on me so heavily throughout that week that I purchased a pair of plain canvas TOMS in a Disney World theme park. Upon returning home (with a black fabric marker) I was able to put on the canvas for the first time what I felt. Recently it became clear to me what has inspired my favorite creations: an attempt to capture a lingering moment.

    Spending my first three semesters enrolled in Kent’s State interior design program allowed me to take many courses that greatly interested me. Design thinking, design and human behavior, digital applications, woods technology, color: theory and applications were some of my favorites throughout my stay in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Throughout the many courses, I eventually began to notice a pattern; one element seemed stressed more than all of the others in almost every class, and that is: light. Light likely being the reason that I was immediately enamored with Caravaggio’s work and his use of not only highly saturated colors, but his use of light to convincingly capture a single scene of a greater narrative. Similarly, an attempt to capture a moment by using light has inspired many of my pieces throughout the past few semesters, and am anxious to investigate light further.

   A recent fascination with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels reminded me of the first principle taught in the CAED: form follows function. I love the challenge that designing for people offers, and I want to work on a scale that is still intimate. Simply put, a career in design is what I am after. I have chosen to concentrate in ceramics with a minor in technology. I am confident that strong technical skills and the further investigation of form and structure along with a background in studio art will get me far. Furthermore, I believe that my future explorations in the ceramics concentration will allow me to investigate many forms in a way that is not only creative, but the small scale and malleable nature of clay is an attractive quality of the concentration. Though if anything, I plan on at least capturing a few moments.