|| This past Thanksgiving, my Aunt struggled with homelessness. Before this news reached our home, I was working on creating a wheel-thrown pottery piece titled I Don't Want to See Their Pain. The scene illustrated on the surface tackles the delicate topic of denying pain. This piece explores the topic of denial and refusal to see homelessness. Inspiration from this piece was deeply rooted in the anniversary of my Grandfather's passing. As I painted tiny tents to represent the homeless encampments in our nation, I was unaware my Aunt was sleeping in her car. The events of this past month have taught me that homelessness is a complex and multifaceted issue, and everyone's story is different. These past two years have pushed me to create emotionally charged work. I place complicated issues in front of people to have honest conversations. Reaching out and seeing others is essential, especially when it hurts. I want to recognize people's pain. I have learned to sit with emotional hurt even when it's all-consuming. Because pain must be processed and felt, only then can it shape and strengthen us. I Don’t Want to See Their Pain, began as a sketch that I carried around over the summer. Studying forms and building more complex connections in clay was an area I focused on this past year. This vase was created on a wheel and started as three separate pieces attached prior to firing. Asymmetrical handles were attached as well prior to firing. I used many layers of underglaze to illustrate the scene and completed the piece using a spray gun with clear glaze before the final firing.