Each of my creations are small pieces of myself meant to go out in the world and bring joy and smiles to the their users.
Early on I wanted nothing to do with Barbies or baby dolls. For me it was all about Crayola, Spirograph, Lite-Brite and Etch A Sketch. At the ripe old age of four I declared myself an Artist to anyone who questioned “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It wasn't until I was in my thirties that I discovered my love for clay.
Surface decoration is an integral part of my pottery and pays homage to my beginnings as an illustrator. After throwing porcelain forms on the potters wheel I apply a black slip. When the slip has dried I carve through to the white beneath in a process known as sgraffito. The images that I enjoy carving include birds, fish, plants and other animals. Basically anything found in nature. I take the craft of pottery seriously and strive to have lots of fun creating it.
By stacking various small forms I'm able to create larger, sculptural-like statements with my garden totems. These totems are based on memories of journeys in nature. The recollection might be shelling on the beach, hiking in the mountains or running through the rows of plantings in my grandparents' nursery business.
Recently I set out to familiarize myself with the process of low-fire earthenware. I developed slips, colorful glazes and created a whimsical line of animal pottery. These are made with children in mind and for any of us still young at heart.