About Hope + Mary:
"I came to Chattanooga by way of Chicago, IL, and Augusta, GA, where I taught art in the inner-city, painted portraits, and worked hard every day to be a good mom to my two amazing children. I grew up in Hockessin, DE a tiny suburb in the country outside of Wilmington, DE.
My mother is Mary. She died in 2011. She was, and still is, my most cherished creative partner.
As a student at the University of Colorado (where I had two stints, one for a BA in Anthropology, and later to get my teaching certification in Art Education) I fell in love with painting and ceramics. Both offer ways for me to explore beauty in simplicity, function and the human experience.
I strive to make objects that enhance the ordinary of everyday life and bring pleasure, beauty and presence.
Each piece is hand made and unique. I use a Korean technique called mishima to create images on my pieces. Each image is hand drawn onto the surface of the clay with a needle tool. After I am finished with the drawing, I will cover the piece with black slip. Once the slip is dry, I carefully wipe away the excess slip leaving behind the drawn image.
My hope is that I create work that brings beauty and delight into everyday function and experiences.''