Remember Me, 7 in. (18 cm) in height, white stoneware clay, underglaze, fired to cone 6. 2023.

I am a Mexican-American artist heavily influenced by my culture and traditions. I explore with vivid colors and natural expressions on my surfaces. My work draws emotional and sentimental value to the audience. I believe my heritage is rich in history, rich in family, rich in culture, and it should be shared with everyone who feels connected with it. My shadow boxes are inspired by Mexican folk nichos. They can be used as mini ofrendas on the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. A picture of a loved one can be added in the box to pay tribute, remember, and honor them. 

1 Cut out pieces needed to make a shadow box, and dry them to leather hard. 2 Bevel the slab pieces that connect to the back of the box, then score and attach each slab piece individually.

3 Assemble all the pieces together. I do not use slip to connect them, but rather score and add water to the scored areas for a cleaner look. 4 To complete the box, sculpt flower and heart details. Once they are leather hard, attach them.

5 Draw illustrations with pencil and add underglazes. I don’t always add clear glaze, but you can if you want to. 6 You can add images to your shadow boxes to pay tribute to your family and loved ones.