I began working in clay in 1985, producing
mostly functional stoneware.
While working on my MA in 1990, I encountered the processes of
low fire raku and high fire Japanese porcelain, both of which appealed
to me. The porcelain because of its purity and smooth surface which
compliments my preference for simple forms; the raku process because
of the excitement and immediacy of the firing , and the unpredictability
of the results.
Recently I have been working on a series of wheel
thrown and altered organic forms inspired by seed pods. By “organic” I
mean that there is no preconceived end product , the piece evolves
intuitively. I have also begun experimenting with saggar
firing , a process that involves firing pieces within a container
filled with combustible materials inside the kiln. Like raku,
this firing produces variable results depending on the combustibles
used, placement of the pieces, and other whims of nature.
Throwing on the wheel is a meditative process for
me allowing the experience of flow and connection. My love of movement
and dance has been and continues to be a strong influence on all
of my clay forms.