I am a potter. I am in love with the material and the process. My practice and ideas evolve through making.
I see functional pottery as a field in which to play. I strive to make pots that function well and have grace and beauty while doing so. I feel that a pot which functions well invites appreciation of simple beauty merely through its repeated use.
I work hard to create forms that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. I believe that a good pot wants to be held! My stoneware pots are glazed with Vermont river clay.
As an Artist and Anthropologist, I feel accomplished if my work has an ancient artifact feel to it. I want my pieces to tell a story, like it was just dug from the Earth after 1000 years.
While not deliberately evoking the Southwest in my pottery, the style and colors took on a flavor of that area. Here, I am gradually shifting to softer colors and designs more resonant with this part of the country. I enjoy working with color, pattern, and texture, as well as playing with the form of a piece.
In my work, I strive to impart contemplative beauty to these real, solid objects we reach for and use every day.
I have come to understand that life is a journey, not a destination, and I feel privileged to be making that journey as a potter.
I love the beauty and functionality of stoneware. In addition to its sturdiness, it is perfect for embellishment. The shapes and colors of my pottery echo what I see in the gardens and woods around my home.
As an artist, I see myself as an alchemist or shaman, manifesting new forms with my hands from earth, water and fire. I use magical and sacred symbols to adorn my work representing transcendence to the sacred and the invocation of deeper meaning in all things around us.
I like the idea of capturing a specific moment in time by freezing the flame mark with water. It is really tricky to freeze at the right moment. If the pot is too hot it cracks. If the pot is too cool the glaze looks boring. If it's just the right temperature the glaze effect can be magical. It is this magic that keeps me searching…