Artist Statement

I began making pottery in 1971 at age nine and was introduced to Anagama wood firing in 1989. Over time I have abandoned many of the goals of conventional throwing techniques to manipulate clay atypically, seeking results that appear created but not contrived.

Central to my compositional language is my attention to surface and negative space, and a sensitivity to how the form touches the air around it. Each of these gestures is part of a language of motion versus tension, of position or posture.

Through Anagama wood firing, with its mysterious painting made by flame, heat, and molten atmosphere, the varying contours of the sculpture affect how and where the wood ash accumulates and melts, creating a surface that corresponds to and accentuates the unique design of each sculpture. 

With all my work, I try to be respectful of the voice of the clay, and to allow form to follow material and inspiration. This intuitive conversation emerges during the creative process, based on a sense of what will bring each piece to completion.