Almost everything we come into contact with today is mass-produced. The sheer joy of making a ceramic object by hand, working with the material itself, is a constant source of inspiration to me — a reminder that there is beauty in forms that are turned and considered by hand. Handmade forms are an act of rebellion from bulk, unimaginative production — and a statement about the value of handmade objects.
A bag of clay inspires me to look at techniques which challenge construction; seeing ordinary objects as unusual shapes; asking how far I can push the clay and still create viable, and hopefully beautiful, items for the table and the home.
When I work with clay, it’s as though my hands are singing. I hope my work carries the feel of the song. Taking time to refine a design or an idea in various ways using different styles and techniques is a way to stay connected with my creativity and to share ideas with the many friends I’ve made through this journey. It’s my hope that this work will become a part of family memories; to be given as gifts, passed down, treasured and shared.
The Gallery below features current and previous work. Click any image to zoom. Enjoy!
2011 – present
Artist in Residence and Instructor, Whistle Stop Clay Works, Loveland, OH
Beginning Wheel, Intermediate & Advanced Wheel and Handbuilt Pottery
Workshop: “Woven Baskets”, Whistle Stop Clay Works, Loveland, OH
Workshop: “Majolica Decoration”, Whistle Stop Clay Works, Loveland, OH
Guest Lecturer, Log Cabin Herb Society, “Mud as Life Lesson”, Owensville, OH
Workshop: “Slip Casting for Image Transfer”, Pinckneyville Community Arts Center, Norcross, GA
2006 – 2010
Instructor, Pinckneyville Community Arts Center
Beginning Wheel and Handbuilt Pottery, Norcross, GA