I create work in ceramics because I love beautiful form. Forms of nature and of human creation have always attracted and inspired me. In nature I am enthused with crystals and seashells and antlers and trees and mountain ridges. I am in awe of cave drawings and tea pots and ewers as well as sculptures of both the human form and of abstract conceptions. I aspire to create objects of lasting, enduring beauty and, for functional items, which accomplish well their useful intent. To this end I strive to make work with strong form, good proportions, simple yet complex.
I work in stoneware and porcelain clay, mostly thrown on the potter's wheel, often altered from the symmetric; I also hand-build with slabs of clay. The surface of my work is often textured in support of the form and its glaze. My work is high-fired in a propane kiln, using reduction to achieve the earthy influence of glaze combining with the clay. Ideas for forms come into my mind uncalled, often when I am on the edge of sleep or perhaps floating in my imagination, daydreaming. As well I am inspired by other works, sometimes ceramics, but often by domestic design of lamps, textiles, and other decorative objects. I sketch ideas, often putting them aside, coming back to later and making real.
I want others to see lasting beauty in my pieces. Not today's fad or face or reference or color, but a work that the viewer as well as the viewer's grandchild will find worth owning, displaying. I hope for the viewer to see and feel a work of handsome, long-lasting beauty.