My work stems from family traditions of weaving, gardening, and jerry-rigging. Sensitively documenting objects in clay, baskets, chairs, and screens all stand in for a felt experience. Through the addition of hemp fibers and the strain of kiln firing, I seek to create ceramic forms that viscerally move. It is in the balances and tensions between pattern and plainness, soft and heavy, stable and precarious, that my work lingers. Both intimate and monumental, the objects and interior spaces I create speak to the perennial need to be and belong.
— Anna Valenti