Quite simply, Stephanie translates the delicacy and intricacy of antique and vintage lace into porcelain and glass. Porcelain seems to have its own will; it often changes shape, cracks or warps on firing and that, for Stephanie, makes it an exciting medium to work in.
Rather than becoming frustrated with the unforgiving nature of porcelain, she works with it, enjoying the unique direction that each piece takes her in. Working in clay is meditative and Stephanie often finds herself moving away from her intended design and creating just by feel, following how the clay seems to want to move and finishing where there seems to be a natural end.
The longer that Stephanie has worked in porcelain the more she has become separated from the idea of perfection. For her, perfection is repeatable, factory – made. Straight lines, perfect edges and symmetry are rarely found in anything she makes. For Stephanie there is a complete beauty, a sense of the fallible human, the history of a person in imperfection.
The inherent flaw in one of Stephanie’s pieces is the beginning of its story, the start of its history and is the thing that unwittingly draws the eye and makes it truly unique.