One of my greatest pleasures in life is eating. Another is always having something creative to do with my hands whether it be pottery, quilting or just doodling. I create functional pottery to satisfy both of these needs. Using hand made pots to cook, serve in and eat out of gives me great pleasure. I derive even more pleasure from knowing other people hold, use and enjoy pots that I have made whether they be strangers or others who are a part of my life. For me there is a connection and intimacy gained from this relationship.
My pots are thrown on the potter’s wheel and are simple in form with attention paid to functionality. Is the handle on a mug comfortable to hold? Does the rim feel good to drink from? Is the shape going to keep the liquid hot? I consider the specific qualities of each of my functional forms as I make them.
Most of my pieces are made from stoneware and are reduction fired to Cone 10. I am also exploring both wood and salt firing as well as Cone 6 oxidation firing.
I am very happy to have pottery as my creative outlet and will continue to make pottery that is simple, beautiful and functional.