Think of the Japanese Wabi-Sabi philosophy; “wabi” meaning simplicity and “sabi” referring to the beauty of age and wear. It is the opposite of the present day’s manufactured perfection. This is a way of living that appreciates authenticity and the natural imperfection of the world around us. With this philosophy in mind, my pots are created with handbuilding techniques and an eye towards texture. Informed by my intuition and sense of play, I preserve that moment in time.
During the creation of a pot, I juxtapose shapes and textures and welcome accidents. The impressed marks are highlighted by the use of oxides, underglazes, slips, and glazes to emphasize the tactile quality of the surfaces. In recent work, I have been exploring the use of color and the contrast between dull and shiny surfaces. I often think that living several lives would be helpful in order to explore everything there is to learn about pottery.
My love for pottery started at Barat College where I earned a degree in Studio Art. Living an artistic life was always something that called to me but life took me in a different direction. Somehow I always found the time here and there to make pots no matter where we lived and despite the other demands in my life. Moving to Michigan in 2009 meant that I could participate in classes, join workshops, and pursue independent study at local clay studios. It meant that I could sustain my practice in clay and find my own voice artistically.
I love simplicity, authenticity, and the natural world. Playing with clay has led me to work with handbuilding techniques with an interest in form, texture, and color. My work can be functional but is often more decorative.
Education: Barat College 1979 BA
Studio Art Classes through Kay Yourist Studio
Classesthrough the Ann Arbor Potters Guild
Lana Wilson Workshop Michigan Mud
Classes through the Village Potters Guild
Member of The Art Shop Co-Op since 2012
Volunteer Gallery Chair Huron Valley Council for the Arts
Volunteer Social Media Specialist at the Huron Valley Council for the Arts, January 2020–present
Guest Member Plymouth Potter’s Guild July 2020