Meet Our Artisans
I consider myself to be a potter. Making pottery that will find a place in someone’s home and be used is my goal, sometimes a lofty goal. Because of this, I strive for clean, comfortable and well-crafted pots. I am interested in how and why utilitarian pottery has a place in present-day society.
I use the wheel as my first tool. After a basic form is thrown, I seek to make my pots active through pushing, darting, trimming and carving. The surfaces of my pots are often decorated with patterns that come from Chinese influences; others from quilt blocks and grids, and some from old needlepoint patterns that belonged to my grandmother.
My color pallet tends to be bright, the colors of candy I enjoyed as a kid and continue to take pleasure in today. I want my work to have a light and lively feeling. Therefore, the clay I use is a grolleg porcelain that I fire to cone 10 (2350°F) in a gas kiln. This clay provides a very white canvas that gives vibrancy to my glazes and decoration. With each pot and kiln load, the choices I make in color, form and decoration come together to form a body of work that continues to create new challenges, questions and solutions.
Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway, Abingdon VA.
Bell Gallery, Floyd, VA
Draper Mercantile, Draper, VA
16 Hands Apprentice