I studied fine art throughout high school and college but always felt like an artist without a medium until I discovered pottery! Working with clay allows me to play with color and texture in 3D and create functional art that enhances one’s daily life. Creating clay art has also fulfilled my desire to contribute to a sustainable culture by providing an alternative to commercially produced plastic items and to participate in the revival of the American Studio Craft Movement. “Recycle, Re-use and Refill” I believe, are the new 3R’s of responsible citizenship and I am pleased to add a touch of beauty and joy to that experience with handmade pottery that is both attractive and functional.
I imprint a fishnet in one line of my work as it is an international symbol for the relationship of the individual and their environment. The threads of a fishnet are inter- connected so that when one thread is moved it affects all the others just as our efforts however small, affect everyone else.
Most of my work is created on a potter’s wheel using a red orange stoneware clay body that is then glazed and fired in an oxidation atmosphere to create a natural looking matte or semi gloss surface texture. Each line of work is named after a theme consistent in design and glaze:
Fernware is imprinted with layers of ferns like a carpet of ferns in the forest.
Beachware is imprinted with fishnet and rope then glazed the color and texture of beachglass found on the beach.
Rhodieware designs are created using traditional Asian brushwork depicting the supernatural blooms of the Rhododendron and the influence of Asian arts and culture in our Northwest heritage.
Handmade and inspired by nature, upon reflection I realized that my pottery tells a story about my life and the connection I share with my environment.