World Suicide Prevention Day | Tomorrow Needs You

Today marks the beginning of World Suicide Prevention Week. The most wonderful company, To Write Love on Her Arms, is expressing messages of hope within their theme “Tomorrow Needs You.” As someone who has been affected by the suicide of others in my life and has dealt with mental health issues, myself, messages like this are something that I wish to speak over myself every day. Inspired by the message written by the founder of the organization, (you can find their website here) I have written my own letter to myself. Why is tomorrow important to me when it’s so easy to give up today? Why is getting out of bed important to me when it could be so easy to stay? What is saying yes to life, to healing, to community, to love important to me when no takes so much less effort? Tomorrow needs me.


tomorrow is filled with beauty to be seen

  light that will dance

  wildflowers that will bloom

 plants that will grow

  and you need to be there to see it


tomorrow is filled with voices to be heard

  laughter to be felt

              deep and welling over

                                   and you need to be there to hear it

          to feel it


tomorrow is filled with landscapes to be seen

wildflowers to be picked

redwoods to be hugged

and fields to be frolicked in



tomorrow will be filled with experiences to share

                                restaurants that you haven’t yet tried

just think, giving up would’ve met not trying that amazing pad thai


tomorrow needs you to pick up your camera

      your pen

      your phone

because you have art to create

        words to write

        friends to call


tomorrow needs you to stay so you can go

            so you can travel

to all the places you’ve been before and all those you haven’t yet seen


tomorrow needs you to try those dishes you haven’t yet tried

tomorrow needs you to open your doors 

to all those you love and those you’ve yet to meet


tomorrow needs you to stay because there are people to be loved

people to be hugged

stories to be told

and stories to be heard



tomorrow needs you to stay for all the things you love

for all the people you love

for your newly grown family

for your friends who remind you that you’re not alone

for you favorite flavor fudge and wildflowers

for puppies walking down the street

the way nature and man compose themselves in such a way that you gotta pick up your camera


for those songs that make you feel

for those gas station parking lots you need to dance in

the smell of an old fashion before you take the first sip

for desert monsoons and butterflies along the trail


the sound of a creek and all that lives inside 

tomorrow needs you to stay for the gluten free donuts you will eat

tomorrow needs you to stay because you are not your own

you belong to so many people

you belong to him and you belong to Him


tomorrow needs you to stay because there is healing to be had

joy to be felt

babies to be held

surprises to be had

love to be given and received


tomorrow needs you to stay because there are songs to be sung

books to be read
and battles to be won

tomorrow needs you to stay.

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What’s your why? Why do you create? 

I kind of have to. If I wasn't making pottery I would be making my own clothes or making elaborate birthday cakes for my kids or finding some other creative outlet. When I have gone a long time without using my creative energy I feel 'off' or not quite whole and satisfied with life. 

With pottery in particular it's also a way of processing something that I have experienced that has moved me. For instance, when I went to Yellowstone National Park and saw geothermal pools for the first time I basically fell madly in love. And as with infatuation, I couldn't stop thinking about those pools. The only way to get them out of my brain was to make something inspired by them so that I could feel like I had a piece of them with me. Once I made enough ceramic geothermal pieces, my soul was satisfied and I was no longer feeling that tension, that compulsion. 


Are there creators in your past that have influenced you in a particular way? Who are they? Do you create because of them; for them, as an homage to them? 

This is going to sound corny maybe, but Nature is the creator that most influences my work. I see many beautiful pieces of art daily but spending time in a National Park or on a hike provides a jolt of active inspiration that I don't feel when I see the work of other artists. This is not to say that I don't admire my fellow artists and potters, there is an abundance of incredible work out there. I may see a technique that another potter is trying and be inspired to try using that particular tool to express myself, or see a piece of pottery (like the work of Mary O'Malley) and I'm in absolute awe--but I don't want to emulate her work. I just really enjoy seeing what she creates. 

So in terms of inspiration, nothing compares to some of the landscapes that have made me feel so wonderfully insignificant, or some of the small details--like lichen on an ancient rock--that compel me to run back to my studio to create. 

how does Tucson and the desert inform what you make?

I was born here and have lived most of my life in Tucson, so I'm firmly rooted in the Sonoran Desert, the Southwest and Sonora, Mexico where my Mom is from. My work includes depictions of this landscape and celebrates its plants. 


What lessons have your art or your art practice taught you?

Not to fear failure because it's integral to the process of art making and life in general. If something doesn't turn out the way I had hoped, it just means I have to try again but modify the parts that didn't work out so well. 

Also, you have to practice quite a bit of humility with pottery making. There are so many points during the making of any given piece when that piece can fail. When it all works out, it's amazing. 

Success as an artist is a gift and shouldn't be taken for granted. I have to keep tapping into that part of me that is bringing in fresh ideas, pushing me to evolve and not become too complacent with designs that have sold well in the past. 

And finally, my hands/body are my most important tools and those tools will wear down if I am not mindful of how I am using them. This is my most recent lesson. Ergonomics were never on my radar until I injured my wrist.

What are you most proud in your life as an artist or maker?

I feel very fortunate to be able to sell work that I love making to enthusiastic, amazingly sweet customers. It's my dream job. I'm hesitant to call it luck, because that would ignore all the long hours and compromises I have made to get to this point. But I'm proud that I have made it this far. 

Finally, where can we see your work?