Artist Statement

Objects tell a story. 

An object has the ability to transverse the space of habit and ritual.

Pottery narrates through the process in which the form was made, through
the details of shape,through the surface information, through the subject
matter of its function. The story eludes to an experience and place. 
Experiences are the way that we understand the world.

 

My pots are well crafted objects for use.

They showcase the quality of the handmade and the value of working
with our hands.  I use simple glazes to accentuate the generous and sturdy
form and quiet the surface, allowing for a focus on form without distraction.
The surface's are painterly yet influenced by my graphic design background.
 

Surfaces are pleasant, calm, stable, sturdy, generous, and clean.
The work gives off a cool, refreshing feeling through the color palette
I have chosen. The colors are these of natural elements, skyline, beautiful
clouds, reflections in the lake, smooth river-stones in the creek-bed, waves
crashing on the shoreline, reflections on the water or the inside of a seashell.
These are all places I pull inspiration from. The forms are sturdy, strong,
generous and made for use. They are designed to be pleasant to look at
and to function well. I hope that even the smallest of details such as the way
the handle fits in your hand or the angle of the lip are pleasant areas for use.
 

My pots allude to the industrial or commercial, they are familiar enough that people
will relate to them but upon further inspection the hand and qualities that I put into
my work are evident. Each step of the process during making is well considered.

 

An object has the ability to transverse the space of habit and ritual.

With a focus on utilitarian pottery forms, I strive to create beautiful, well crafted, functional

forms that people will enjoy and use for display and engagement in the home and day to
day life.  Pots become a part of our eating and drinking habits and/or rituals allowing for us
to serve food with ceremony. I create these pieces through the wheel and hand alterations.
I enjoy working with my hands and have an appreciation for the handmade.

 

Craftsmanship and handwork are important aspects of my work. I find tremendous value

working with my hands along with the physical demands and intellectual choices I make in my

practice keep my work exciting and keep me continuing to work. I strive to advance my skills as

a potter through the process of research, planning and repetition. I work in a production based

practice while still maintaining a high level of quality, thought/context and energy in the work.

Touch is a connection with the human body, can be visible through certain techniques. Through

refined handwork my work speaks to functionality, that it is asking to be touched and used.

Bringing something new and thoughtful into the world generates sense of meaning and

fulfillment.