I am fortunate to get up everyday and have the opportunity to express myself through an artistic process. I make choices whether to do that or participate in other aspects of my life. Regardless, I still embrace the artistic side of my life with pretty much everything I do. I look at my work with a passionate desire to strengthen and expand my mind as I continue to make ceramic pots I feel good about. The forms are memories and visions from my experiences living around creative development. Images are growth patterns taken from time reflecting on my life.
My work is primarily constructed on the potter's wheel and each piece is made one at a time by hand. I use an earthenware red clay body that is brushed with white slip when the pieces are semi-dry. I mix ceramic stains with white slip to create the painted surfaces and images. The pieces are then fired in an electric kiln to 1910 degrees. The pots are stained in selected areas and a thin clear glaze is applied.
My images come from my own background, life on the farm, and my love for botanical illustrations. Most of my work only alludes to function. An artist's obligation to society is to create work that will challenge us to keep an open mind. I hope to stimulate your mind and senses through the ceramic vessels before you and evoke thoughts that will enhance your life. I want to create and work, hopefully, on the edge of life. "If you are not working on the edge, you are taking up too much room."
”Who cares if it's a pot or a sculpture, or a figure or abstract, if it's big or small, if it's flat or round or how it was fired. I'm just always trying to do the same thing - make things which say to me, "maybe there is more here than you ever imagined - can you just grow a bit taller to see it and listen a bit deeper to hear it?" It's always just ahead, just around the next corner. It can be a part of the wonderful complexity of being a human and it can also be nothing - nothing, if that's what we chose to make of it.”
I intend my pots to function at several levels, both for myself and the user. First, I strive to make everyday objects for the home, pieces that individuals use in the supposedly mundane activities of their lives. My cups, bowls, cake platters, and containers, I hope, emphasize the beauty and significance of these daily rituals. On another level, I intend my pots to embody my own experiences, attitudes, and values. My work is both thrown and constructed, intuitive and patterned, self conscious and flamboyant—references to my seamstress mother’s use of patterns and tucks to make highly functional creations infused with her own passion; to my father’s work as both a machinist and a maker of folk art; to my own paradoxical desire for both order and freedom; and to my pots as both containers/dispensers of everyday materials and as metaphors for the body as both receiver and giver. While I do not intend others to share in all of these meanings, I hope that the personal level of the work will free users to perceive their own self in these objects.