The Process

The pottery I produce is made of stoneware clay and is influenced by the English potters and folk traditions. I am drawn to patterns and designs that accent and create balance on a pot rather than allowing the glaze to be the dominant focus.  My work is thrown and trimmed on the wheel. At the leather hard stage I decorate most of my pieces with clay slips using brushwork, carving and slip trailers. The pots are fired in the bisque kiln and then dipped in a transparent glaze and fired a second time in an electric kiln. 

The Pots

My pieces are created for use in the home and kitchen.  Though making pots serves many purposes in my life, I mostly would like to think of them as a means of adding a little beauty to a world often stressful, complicated and fast paced.  I suppose it is every potter’s wish that the pots they create honor our daily life.  So when someone tells me, “I drink coffee out of your mug every morning. I love how it feels in my hands,” I can’t help but feel my work has meaning beyond my own need for creativity and inner peace. One of my greatest pleasures of being a potter is knowing my work will be used and enjoyed in the rituals of everyday life.

I feel blessed to be able to do this work –to create pieces that come from earth’s clay and a quiet place inside me.

 There is nothing quite like a hand thrown pot! Lots of heart and soul.

There is nothing quite like a hand thrown pot! Lots of heart and soul.

 Putting the final details on a tumbler before going into the kiln.

Putting the final details on a tumbler before going into the kiln.

 Detail of a large, Leaf pattern vase before firing.

Detail of a large, Leaf pattern vase before firing.

 The slip work on these pasta bowls will transform during firing to produce a dark background and luscious blues and greens.

The slip work on these pasta bowls will transform during firing to produce a dark background and luscious blues and greens.