Coming from a family of painters, weavers, potters, anthropologists, filmmakers, and outdoor enthusiasts, pursuit of the arts has always been in Hannah’s nature. As a young child, she spent a great amount of time traveling and playing next to big beautiful bodies of water, both in tropical rivers and mystical seas. It was during these times that Hannah found herself looking into these miniature underwater atmospheres and found the inspiration to recreate these beautiful natural worlds in her art. The pieces she creates from ceramics, she creates with the intention of sharing her world perspective with those who perceive her art. Hannah combines the aesthetics of simplicity, modernism and the minimalism that human nature should be, with the divine intricacy of the sea and nature that must be preserved.
“Since I was young I struggled to find my medium, I would draw and paint and colour, but it was the multi-dimensional aspect of ceramics that drew me into what I do now. In New Mexico, my birth-state, art and culture, and specifically ceramics and ceramics history is ubiquitous in nature. When I was little, I would draw in my grandfather’s gallery, walk around Taos plaza, eat tamales and homemade chipotle in homemade pots in the Taos Pueblo, which is a native pueblo that holds strong with their roots and traditional practices. It was also very close to home, where I grew up surrounded by artistic influences. Because of these influences, I came to the understanding of the impact that art has on each and every person. Life is a canvas, a stage, empty fabric untouched and un-manipulated, waiting for the artist to come along and live their life, to make something beautiful. For me, life is Earth, that comes in different textures, colours, plasticity’s and feels.
When I was 11, my mom signed me up for a introductory pottery class at Taos Clay. I was by far the youngest in the class, but I learned fast, and found the limitless possibilities of clay that other mediums couldn’t quite provide for me. I was so drawn to that fact- that you could make anything out of this incredible material, with so much freedom. For me, pottery is possibilities, and with that, the focus I intend to dedicate my art to is not yet something specific. Rather, I choose to focus on the fact that with ceramics, you can change your focus to be anything you want, everyday something new, either unheard of or coming from other inspirations, made your own, into something unique. With ceramics, I want to make anything and everything. With ceramics, I want the world to know what possibilities can mean.”
Photos by David Gluns