Originally trained in the graphic arts of industrial design and photography, the exploration of ceramics allows me to work with volume and texture. as well as line, shape and color.
Inspiration comes through our natural environment. My studio opens
onto my garden, ravine and small stream. I spend time on the Maine coast, walking the beach and forest trails. Found objects, worn shapes, textures,
the way objects feel and their color relationships find their way into my ceramics.
My work starts by throwing cylinders on the wheel, the cylinder is altered,
and a base is applied. I may drop the clay structure onto an object, or strike it to achieve
a shape that suggests movement, a balance of tension and serenity. Some pieces don’t survive this process. Slips and underglazes are applied providing color and texture. The work is bisque fired then my glazes are applied by sponge, brush, dip, or airbrush. Some pieces benefit from second or third glaze applications and firings creating depth within surfaces.
My desire is to create work that inspires people to notice the beauty in their environment, to provide a visual meditation. I hope my ceramic vessels hold space for their audience, encouraging them to recognize and engage their own creative energies.