Art has always played an important role in my life. It has provided balance to the responsibilities of family and career. It provides the creativity, joy, passion and fulfillment that allow me to do a better job in the other aspects of my life.
I have pursued many forms of artistic expression including painting, weaving, stained and fused glass, mosaic glass, silver making and photography. But it during a week- long workshop at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico that I was introduced to and fell in love with clay. I found that time meant nothing while I was working in clay and nothing matched the thrill of seeing my first, small and poorly formed pots come out of the kiln. Fourteen years later I find that same thrill whenever a new idea presents itself, or a piece of work goes through the whole process and survives, or when I see genuine gratitude from someone who I have gifted with my work.
A deep love of our natural world guides many of my ideas for pottery. I am inspired by how nature connects with my senses and is expressed in my work. I continue to be amazed at how many directions clay can take me. My challenge comes from focusing on an idea or form until it becomes what I want it to be. I will always be a student in clay because there will always be new ideas and techniques to learn. In the end and most of all, working with clay and making pottery makes me very happy.
I would like to conclude with this artistic statement.
When you are buying something from an artist
You’re buying more than an object
You’re buying hundreds of hours of errors and expectations.
You’re buying years of frustration and moments of pure joy.
You’re not buying just one thing,
You are buying a piece of a heart,
A piece of a soul…
A small piece of someone else’s life.