Artist Statement

     The majority of my pots are wheel thrown and altered functional forms with applied surface decoration.  Though I start with a standard thrown form, I manipulate the piece to add edges, corners, and angles.  The newly formed regions become the boundary lines where patterns are made.  I use found objects, handmade brushes, and other tools to create these often symmetrical spaces.  Before firing, I methodically apply a bold, but warm color palette.  Through this process, each final product has its own unique visual character, sometimes even taking on an overall look more akin to leather or metal than ceramic.                                                                                                          

I’m fascinated by patterns, symmetrical geometry, and the natural repetition that surrounds us. The process of creating similar aspects in my work is the highlight in each piece.  My method involves intuitively making decisions about the state of the work; I design the surface while I'm working, as decision making in the moment calms me. I am meticulous in my work; I delight in being diligent about its craftsmanship and its own unique life, regardless of whether or not  it will appeal to the masses.  I believe that through these altered forms and visual patterns, something is communicated that cannot be expressed in words, and I ultimately hope that others enjoy that experience.