Artists Statement

     

The ceramic works I create are primarily decorative objects. Whether made as container type vessels or wall pieces . They all have a common thread , nature and archaeology. My love of both highly inspire the works. I primarily use primitive firings , saggar, raku ,pit and wood . All of which are ancient ways of treating clay objects. The theme of trees and plants emerging from the earth are seen in the work. Further strengthened by the use of old wood and tree fungi as handles . Plant materials are used in my glaze as added colorants along with local clays. With the addition of some locally made cut nails and old wire on the vessel rims represents trees and plants reaching from earth to the sky. 

My Inspiration

My love of the earth and clay started as a child growing up in the country. I was always in the mud, playing with mud, and covered with mud. Well things have not changed much. I still do all the above, but with a little change. The things I make out of that mud are different. I use clay to create pieces of that are functional, decorative, sculptural, whimsical, or just hang around. I use a variety of methods to make these works depending on the effect I want. I like varied surfaces, and unexpected accidents using flame and nature itself to help me achieve these things. My methods of firing are electric, gas, raku, pit-firing, saggar – firing, and a wood fired kiln. Each method has a very different way of marking the clay. I form these on the wheel, sculpt, hand build and mold. I also make prints using clay to print instead of ink.

My Medium

I use many different mediums, such as clay, wood, and metal. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.