Victoria Christen
Portland, Oregon

“I intend my pots to function at several levels, both for myself and for the user.  First, I strive to make everyday objects for the home, pieces that individuals use in the supposedly mundane activities of their lives.  My cups, bowls, cake platters, and containers, I hope, emphasize the beauty and significance of these daily rituals.  On another level, I intend my pots to embody my own experiences, attitudes, and values.  My work is both thrown and constructed, intuitive and patterned, self-conscious and flamboyant­­—references to my seamstress mother’s use of patterns and tucks to make highly functional creations infused with her own passion; to my father’s work as both a machinist and a maker of folk art; to my paradoxical desire for both order and freedom; and to my pots as containers and dispensers of everyday materials, and as metaphors for the body as both receiver and giver.”