Tomo Ingalls is a woman, a mother, a daughter, a student, a clay artist, a potter, an immigrant, and a visible minority. She has lived in Canada since 2001. She started her pottery training in 2014 and has been providing to galleries and stores in maritime provinces since 2017. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at Alberta University of the Arts in 2022. She is always curious and searching for a new way to express her tacit emotions that are difficult to verbalize.
To keep the possibilities of the transformation of clay alive, my clay objects are unfired. Within the solitude with clay, I use my body as a contested site of finding my identity. My body carries features passed down from my parents, traces of aging, muscles from physical activities, experiences, history, and cultural influences. These marks on my body are an identifier and my identity. The reverberation that I experience when searching for identity is the discomfort, the disgust and rejection, and longing. I explore those senses in my body in the making.