I have always had the desire to create something of beauty made from my hands. My first experience with clay came during a summer class when I was 10 and I loved it. My high school art experiences focused on working with various 2D media, but when I went to college I got to work with clay once more. I fell in love all over again. My love of clay focuses on two main properties of the material: the contrasts of transforming a soft malleable material into a rock-hard object that still appears soft, and the ability to create unpredictable colors and designs on pottery and sculpture with fire.
I primarily work with two types of clay: porcelain and stoneware. I make functional and sculptural pottery on the potter’s wheel; altering the piece, impressing it with textures, or combining the wheel with handbuilding techniques. Once bisque fired in an electric kiln, they are either finished with colorful and functional glazes or are pit fired with a variety of natural materials.
I have always been inspired by and felt most comfortable in nature. Working with clay feels like a natural extension of my spiritual connection to it. My artwork does not attempt to address any issues facing us, but it is a simple expression of the joy of the spirit. To me, every pot is like a blank canvas waiting to be decorated so that it can add an element of beauty and joy to someone’s day-to-day life.
Having worked with clay since 1991; I still get excited at the possibilities of what I can create from a formless lump. My desire is to create elegant functional and sculptural forms enhanced by rich colors or the unpredictable touch of fire. It is the fine balance between aesthetics and function, which continues to guide me on my journey as a potter.