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“I don’t always feel beautiful, but I always feel human, and maybe that’s my problem.”


    Despite finding my non-binary identity, the word woman still sits in my mouth. I don’t chew on it. In fact, I find myself clenching my jaw all day long, protecting it. The word isn’t dirty, but it does have grit to it. It’s like potting soil. In stores, it has colorful packaging with flowers all over it. It’s something to grow your dreams in. Something that drinks up the light from the window in your modern white kitchen. When you handle it, it ends up under your fingernails for the next few days. I think about scientific articles with titles like, “Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Your Depression” and how they sound a lot like the articles titled “Married men live longer; married women, not so much.” These entrenched generosities make me protective of the word and the lives that are woman. I’ve never wanted to completely shake these histories off of myself. Maybe, “the most beautiful part of your body is where its headed” (Ocean Vuong). I want to find peace with woman and where I’m going.


       Katie Stone is a sculptor from a rural farming region of Connecticut. Working with clay as their primary medium, they utilize the figure to express queer culture and address identity politics. They received their BFA in Ceramics from MICA in 2014 and are currently an MFA candidate and professor at Syracuse University. Throughout the past decade of their artist career, Katie has been the Director of a community ceramic studio, a teaching assistant for Cristina Cordóva, and a visiting teaching artist with Clay Cohorts. Their work has been exhibited across North America, including the Archie Bray and Miami Art Basel.

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