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.
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.