In 1984 I put down my paintbrushes and picked up soft throwable balls of clay. Working with clay is very “process oriented.” Using stoneware clay, I work from wheel-thrown components. Beyond the throwing – mesmerizing and meditative as that can be – there is the quality of mark making and creation of form. Working with clay for over 30 years, I have a decided interest in the quest for problem solving when making more complex forms. Alongside the creating of interesting clay pieces is the challenge of glazing and firing the work to best advantage. I have enjoyed working in a variety of firing types – oxidation, reduction, and wood fired. The resulting work incorporates references to the landscape and often has gesture and animation with which to intrigue the viewer.
Originally from New Mexico, I have always regarded art as a part of my life. After moving to South Carolina in 1984, I set up a studio near Columbia, working as a production potter. In 2004, I attained an MFA from Clemson University and taught ceramics there part-time for six years. I am a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Currently, I live near Asheville, NC. Not quite a production potter any longer, I work full time in the studio creating one-of-a-kind pieces, teapots, limited series and my well-known clay “buckets.” I have also taken up the study of Ikebana, Japanese floral art, creating ceramic vessels for use in flower arrangements. I occasionally teach workshops when opportunity arises (See SHOPS & GALLERIES” on my website to find my work.