Everything Tamara Bryan makes is handcrafted from start to finish. She pays close attention to the details so each piece feels good in the hand and functions well in the home. Slips and underglazes are paired to create brush mark textures and she often leaves the outside of the pieces unglazed wherever it makes sense to let the beautiful texture of the clay shine through. Her minimal aesthetic is inspired by the experience of standing in a forest where even though life is teeming and patterns abound, the mind feels quieted.
Clay is said to have memory. In the technical sense, this means that it remembers the shape it was in before and will want to bend back to that shape as it goes through the drying and firing process. But in another way, clay remembers the lives it has lived, as organic matter of the past. Plants, animals, mountains and rivers, even people - as the earth moves through its cycle, all organic matter is broken down into dirt and clay before the cycle begins again. In this way, clay feels very alive to Tamara, and she imagines it telling stories of its past lives.