Clay is alive.
I am particularly taken by the way clay looks when it is wet and its texture is at its best…this is when I wish I didn’t have to fire a piece, because that state is so appealing to me.
The distinction between fine art and fine craft gets blurred when it comes to clay and I like that. To me there is little difference…to me the process is the art…the work a result.
Clay allows me to connect to others in a non-verbal way. I like the dialog between viewer and myself…the exchange between us, however fleeting it may be. Finding a common thread that binds us together is one of the best things I know and is why I love teaching ceramics so much. There is nothing more exciting to me than to see a student have their own “Ah ha” moment!
Inspiration can come to me early in the morning from the wind and sunlight in my yard. Sometimes I am moved by a beautiful piece of music and it is then reflected in a platter or sculpture.
After 35 years of working in clay, I explore themes here and there and work in small series or one of a kind sculptures. Functional and non-functional vessels, sculptures, and hand-crafted tiles, I just want to make beautiful objects and be in the moment.
I would also like to acknowledge my teachers, mentors, fellow potters and family who have had a profound influence on me and encouraged me along my clay path:
Roly Boni, Pat Robichaux, Gene Brenner, Shiiko Alexander, Rene Friedman, Bruno LaVerdiere, Don Reitz, Rudi Autio, Genie Farrell, Harvey Sadow, Wes Odell, Alex Scurato, Richard Bee, Bronwyn Hay and many others.