For me, ordinary, natural things become more attractive through the
passage of time. Rusting iron, aging copper, peeling paint and
weathering wood all represent a quiet, imperfect, and timeworn beauty
that attracts my attention. The slow and soundless process of change
is what I find irresistible and hope to embody in my work.
I have drawn
inspiration from the places where I have lived or visited. Living in
the Sonoran Desert, I was drawn to the landscape, but also to the
hand-built pottery and weaving produced by the native people of that
region. A trip to Italy made me fall in love with the exquisite and
long-lost ruins of Pompeii. Japanese Zen gardens sparked an interest
in the culture of Japan and the rustic simplicity evident in the Wabi
I prefer to build pots with slabs. I keep the forms simple and
embellish the clay with texture using a slab roller. Extruded clay
shapes and coils are pressed into the slabs, which are then cut and
assembled into various vessels. The pots are finished with oxide
washes, underglazes, patinas, and glazes. Some pots are fired more
than once. I like the contrast between rough and smooth and matte and
shiny surfaces. My pieces may or may not be functional.
Working in clay is a
complete delight and I look forward to bringing to reality all of the
pots that I see in my imagination.