Artist Statement

I believe that functional art creates a connection between maker and user that gives everyday objects a special intimacy and importance; that a considered existence peopled with useful objects that have personal meaning and value improves the quality of life.  Particularly important to me is the use of handmade tableware: in our culture today meals are all too commonly eaten in front of the TV, in the car and on the run.  A meal carefully prepared and thoughtfully presented on handmade dishes is a nurturing ritual that builds family and community.

When I am making pots it is of primary importance to me that they be totally functional and comfortable for daily use. I work for simple forms that have elegance in line and grace in balance without appearing fragile. I primarily use clay slips instead of glazes on the exterior surface of my pots- I like that the thinner coating allows the throwing lines and the structure of the pot to show through more clearly.  When I do use exterior glaze, I use it sparingly to create a jewel-like effect to accent my carving. My carved decoration is based on a lifelong close observation of nature, as well as the mismatched contents of the family china cabinet and my mother’s collection of quilting calicoes.  I fire my pots in atmospheric and wood kilns, which gives them a special warmth as well as spontaneous decoration of the surface as the flame and atmosphere respond to the shape of each pot and its placement in the kiln.  The finished surfaces of my pots are silky and softly textured, a pleasure to touch.  I want my pots to be approachable, even comforting, and to find a meaningful place in the owners’ everyday life.

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