Functional and sculptural stoneware wood fired with glaze and ash
I began my explorations in clay almost 14 years ago. I was seduced by the material and that wheel, and the idea that I could create something beautiful and useful at the same time. My interest then fell into surface and color, using textural porcelain slips and layered glazes to create bright, flowing, and volatile surfaces. As I have grown and matured in life, my work has followed. I am still fascinated by glaze and surface, but with a higher understanding of form and flow. I am deeply influenced by classical shapes and why and how they were made. I attempt to embrace these studied forms but with a contemporary twist. In my current method of firing in a large two chamber wood kiln I am exploring the interaction between form and fire; building a relationship in the piece between the function, surface, and the story of the firing process. Each pot is made and placed in the kiln conscientiously and with an expectation and openness. A desire for success, and a pupil's acceptance of result.