I am deeply committed to a life of learning. My work is influenced by observations of familiar sights in my environment. Pieces begin as intuitive responses to those visual clues. Wide ranges of materials are chosen to create layers of meaning and irony in the pieces and to draw a relationship between the visual source and the implications of a particular material.
I make pottery out of stoneware clay that is responsive to the human touch and when fired becomes dense and strong. I am not bound by any one genre of clay. I allow my natural curiosity to guide my work and I often bring colors from the landscape into the work. These vessels are intended for use and contemplation. When they are full of flowers or food, they have one visual meaning and when they are empty, they are purely decorative. The way a riser and tread meet, the way an apple sits next to a pear in a a bowl, the way a bird rests on a guy wire. These images are cemented in my mind and eventually become my pottery.
I am interested in making objects that slowly reveal surprises and meanings, which are contained within. Curiosity and patience are all required to reveal the meaning that pots contain.
For me, I think the heart of making art is about trying to make some sense of the world even when it is chaotic and complicated. I’m not really coming up with answers but I’m looking for them. There is a kind of freedom in relying on our imagination to try and make something out of chaos. But I don’t think it s the job of art to offer reassurance. There are hard truths without easy answers. Perhaps discomfort, in some way can actually lead to illumination.