There is a rich history of sharing cultural values and beliefs both through the telling of stories as well as the use of hand crafted objects. The ceramic surface illustrations Miller draws are often graphic, simplified depictions of realism with emblematic patterning. Anthropomorphic and autobiographical themes are integrated into layered compositions from the obscure to the obvious.
In connecting surface and form, I balance densely filled graphic areas with simple raw clay surfaces. Similar to a monoprint process, I draw on newsprint with underglaze and paint the designs with colored slips. The slip covered newsprint is then pressed and transferred to the clay surface. This method results in diverse representation of my drawings, creating a timely, aged, and weathered appearance on the red clay foundation. After the first firing the drawings are set so the pieces can be sanded and glaze fired to be functional and food safe.
To learn more, please check out the article "Drawn and Transferred," originally published in Pottery Making Illustrated, September/October 2018. http://potterymaking.org. Copyright, The American Ceramic Society. Reprinted with permission.
One reoccurring theme in her work is significance and symbolism tied to objects we surround ourselves with. Other themes include community, the individual, and resoluteness. Her illustrations can be described as playful patterning of floral motifs and simplified doodles of animals and objects. The charming surfaces interact with her unexpected interpretations of traditional tableware, making each piece a delight to view and use.