Artists Statement

Clay is alive. 

I am particularly taken by the way clay looks when it is wet and its texture is at its best…this is when I wish I didn’t have to fire a piece, because that state is so appealing to me.

The distinction between fine art and craft gets blurred when it comes to clay and I like that.  To me there is little difference…to me the process is the art…the work a result. 

Clay allows me to connect to others in a non-verbal way.  I like the dialog between viewer and myself…the exchange between us, however fleeting it may be.  Finding a common thread that binds us together is one of the best things I know and is why I love teaching ceramics so much.  There is nothing more exciting to me than to see a student have their own “Ah ha” moment and take off to parts unknown to them at the time!

Inspiration for my pieces can come to me early in the morning from the wind and sunlight in my yard. Sometimes I am moved by a beautiful piece of music and is then reflected in a platter or sculpture. Other times it can come from a conversation or something I have read or witnessed in my everyday life. 

After 40+ years of working in clay, I explore themes here and there and work in small series or one of a kind sculptures.  Functional and non-functional vessels, sculptures, and hand-crafted tiles, I just want to make beautiful objects and be in the moment.