Ecosystems aims to playfully challenge the line between the objects we use every day and the natural world.
Traditionally, porcelain pieces were painted with natural scenes, bringing idealized gardens into our homes. But as any gardener knows, the bugs are part of the garden as much as the flowers. By reintroducing insects into these designs, I try to blend the two realms — replanting these table flowers in the garden, while opening up the home to natural life. Butterflies, ants, moths, beetles, and bees now swirl around the buds and blooms that entice them.
Where before we might have swept the garden bugs away, now we are enthralled and surprised with their unexpected beauty. Borrowing the traditional style of gold decoration on porcelain, the insects are created of 22-karat gold. Something previously considered "ugly" now uplifts the pottery from ordinary dishes to striking pieces to be treasured and cherished.