Mara Superior’s collection platters are part of an ongoing series she started in graduate school. Superior’s first collection platter was a miniature collection of nine teapots representative of her own, her fellow students, and friends’ pieces. Ever since then, whenever Superior became interested in a particular period or form from ceramic history, she has made a “collection” to commemorate and celebrate the phase.

With this series, Superior explores the disparate notions of self-reference, curated selections, categorization, collecting, the collector, scale, and commentary about various aspects of ceramic materiality.

As Superior researches through books, travel, and exploration of museums, she captures ideas in her sketchbook and plans to continue the collection series that brings her discoveries together.