My work is wheel thrown and shaped with both function and aesthetics in mind. Nature’s forms, textures and patterns inspire how I alter the shape and surface of each piece. Aspects of Asian art, from the simplicity of bamboo stems and leaves to architectural features of lanterns and pagodas also influence my pieces. I often include sculptural work for lidded vessels and brushwork for visual impressions.
Working with both porcelain and stoneware, I use both an electric kiln and a gas-fired kiln with additions of soda for atmospheric effects. Transparent glazes, such as shinos and celedons enhance under-glazed brushwork.
The characteristics of clay and the infinite number of variables that influence surface aesthetics adds to the enthusiasm I have for experimenting with this medium. Creating a functional piece that touches the lips or sits in a prominent location strengthens the energy I seek as I witness a connection between owner and their chosen piece.
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