Made by hand on the potter's wheel in my studio located in the Catskill Mountains, my pots are designed to be used and enjoyed on a daily basis. In my work I strive to marry the concept of form with function, so that each individual piece is not only visually pleasing, but a joy to use as well. I make a variety of wares: platters, serving bowls, pitchers, mugs, casseroles, vases, jars, teapots, and more.
The Forming Process
I hand throw all of my stoneware pieces on the potter’s wheel, allowing for subtle variations of shape and form that gives each pot a life of its own. I decorate my pottery with white slip, sgraffito (incised drawings), brushwork, and a variety of glazes that I pour, drip, and brush over my pots. I then fire to a high temperature in my gas-fired reduction kiln. The variable flame and temperature create a depth of color, surface texture, and a variability that gives my pottery a rich dimension. The glazes I use--oxblood copper-red, Japanese shino, and volcanic ash--are designed to respond to the firing flame. The end result is pottery that is carefully crafted to marry form, function, and beauty.
The first time I saw a pot being formed on the wheel was magic. I was instantly fascinated, watching the wet clay become a pot. Throwing on the wheel has so many possibilities, and an intuitive freedom that continues to be a great joy to me.
For inspiration, I draw on the beauty of my studio’s surroundings: the Catskill Mountains. I have a love for and appreciation of traditional Japanese Pottery, which inspires me to create pots that are rich in quiet beauty and strength like the mountains around me.