I took my first pottery class during my senior year in college. I knew immediately that this was my medium and have been exploring clay ever since. I enjoy working with three dimensional form and also with two dimensional design. Pottery allows me to explore both simultaneously. It is an interesting challenge for me to fit flat patterns onto the volumes and curves of my pots.
Most of my pottery is thrown on a wheel. This allows me to make simple, elegant, symmetrical forms that are well suited for extensive surface decoration. Shaping the soft clay as it spins on the wheel is very satisfying and even meditative. I tried many different methods of decorating my pots before settling on the sgraffito technique of carving. The term sgraffito comes from the Italian word for “scratched” and it involves carving a design through colored clay slip that has been brushed onto the pot. I love carving my designs because it allows me to add depth and texture to the pots’ surface while creating sharply defined images.
I have always loved animals and plants, so they are a natural choice for my subject matter. The familiarity of land and the mysteries of the sea provide endless inspiration for me. I find great beauty in the shapes and colors of the creatures inhabiting the world around us. My love of gardening has led me to include more botanical motifs in my work.
I have also been exploring clay sculpture; it is an exciting challenge for me to expand my designs into three dimensions. I feel that through sculpture, I achieve a deeper understanding and appreciation of my subjects, bringing my entire body of work to a new level.