I have embraced clay as my primary medium of creative expression. Originally trained in the graphic arts of industrial design and photography, my exploration of ceramics allows me to work with volume and texture as well as line, shape, and color.
My inspiration comes through our natural environment. My studio opens onto my garden, woods, ravine and small stream. I spend time on the Maine coastline, walking the beach and forest trails. Found objects, worn shapes, textures, the way objects feel and their color relationships.
My work begins on the wheel, a base is applied and the form is altered. I may drop the structure onto an object, or strike it to achieve a shape that suggests movement, or a balance of tension and serenity. Some pieces don't survive this process. Slips and underglazes are applied providing color and texture. The work is bisque fired then glazes are applied by sponge, brush, dip, or airbrush. Some pieces benefit from a second or third glaze application and firing to create depth within the glazed surfaces.
My desire is to create work that inspires people to notice the beauty in their environment, to provide a visual meditation on the natural beauty of their world. I want my ceramic pieces to hold a space for people to claim and honor their own creative spirit.