I use lace, plastic mesh, handmade stamps and sprig molds, shells, found objects, and lots of tools to create the texture and detail my claywork is known for. As an artist, I find it meditative to create shell-like sculptures and vessels by adding multiple thin clay layers to thrown and altered forms. I love to experiment with new textures and forms often combining thrown with slab built elements to create unique flower vases, pitchers, and scultures .
Inspired by Nature
From my studio, I enjoy an inspirational view of the Patuxent River, which can be either calming or turbulent, and my garden. Regular visitors to my garden include butterflies, hummingbirds, and small mammals. When time permits, I fish to get specimens for fish prints or kayak with my camera handy looking for inspiration. Any of these creatures may find their way into my clay work.
The Right Temperature
Each piece of pottery is fired twice. When you purchase one of my pieces of pottery, you receive an item that is bisque fired to cone 04, which is 1,940 degrees. My stoneware is glaze fired to cone 6 (2,240 degrees) in an electric kiln for 14-15 hours. I use layered glazes to produce depth. These pieces are durable and can be used in the oven, dishwasher, or microwave.
My rakuware is quickly (approximately 30 minutes) glaze fired a few pieces at a time with propane until 1850 degrees is reached. Once the glazes are melted, I pull one out and place it in a covered bin with cedar shavings, pine needles, newspaper, and/or shredded junk mail which causes the glazes to reduce and crackle often producing copper flashes. I repeat with each piece. The flames work their magic on the glazes causing each piece to be unique. No pieces are the same.