Originally an oil painter, once I touched clay I knew there was something special for me there. Clay fills my need to be creative and work with my hands. Having art in my life has always been important even as a child. Working with clay enables me to make art, but also make art that is useful. This is why I like to use the phrase “Art for everyday use”.
As a wood-fire potter I am continually changing my work to take advantage of the benefits of this way of firing. As I learn from the process I play with different clays that react to the flame and ash, and I modify my shapes to catch ash drips and break up the flame as it passes my pieces. Wood-firing forces me to let go and hand over some of the control to the kiln. I look at the kiln as a partner, I try to create the best pieces I can to put in the kiln and the kiln puts the finishing touches on them.
As I’m making utilitarian pieces I try to imagine them in other peoples homes, being used and adding to the experience of a fine meal or even daily breakfast. A simple cup of coffee can awaken the senses when sipped from a favorite mug. The aroma and taste of the brew, the feel of the handle and textures of the mug, and the variations of it’s surface. I would like people to look in their cupboards and see an art gallery.