cannot remember a time when I did not make things by
hand. This was valued and practiced by my family. When
I first discovered clay over 30 years ago, my first
impulse was to make vessels that could be useful for
serving food or holding flowers, but I immediately became
deeply intrigued by the possibilities for creative expression
that clay offers and by the complex processes and technologies
that must be mastered in order to execute the ideas
that come to mind.
It is the nature of my consciousness to notice form
first about anything whether it be a landscape, a face
or a building. Form is the element of my work that I
have long recognized as the strongest part. My choice
of a white matt or clear glaze allows the form to be
the dominant element without the distraction of color.
About ten years ago I began to use subtle all over patterning
on my pieces. At close range, the patterning provides
interest and a sense of visual texture while still allowing
the dominance of the form.