In 1978, while I was a senior in college majoring in Marine Biology, I tried my first pottery class. I had finally realized why I was born with large hands. As my love for the art and my skills grew, I received requests from friends to make teapots, lamps, and mugs. I studied science in graduate school, but would take a break in the campus clay studio. Eventually I purchased a wheel and kiln and used our kitchen as a studio. Although I finished school in 1985, my urge to create pottery kept me from devoting my life to science. In 1987 we moved into a larger home where I could have a dedicated studio work space. I have been creating fish and oyster platters and many other pieces of ceramic art since.
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Welcome to my studio where I create claywork inspired by nature and the marine environment. My work has evolved alot over 35 years of making. Stoneware fish platters in the form of flounder, striped bass, bluefish, salmon and halibut are fun and functional and are created one at a time. I throw plates, then carve and add details like starfish, barnacles, shells and pearls to turn them into decorative oyster plates. These may be embellished with gold and mother of pearl lusters. I produce baking, serving, and everyday use pieces in patterns I call Scales and Tails, Ebb Tide, and Starfish using lace, plastic mesh, shells, handmade stamps and sprig molds, and shells to create the layers of texture and detail my claywork is known for. I love creating usable art which can be incorporated into daily living.
At times, I find it meditative to alter thrown vessels and add multiple thin clay layers to create shell like sculptures and vessels. I also enjoy creating fish and flower wall hangings from slabs of clay whose surfaces are textured by pressing the above items into the clay surface and further detailing the images. . Creating claywork has always like play to me. The long hours spent in the studio seem to vanish when I look at the days accomplishments.
I do commission work which has included dinnerware sets, special serving and center pieces, custom tile work, baptismal bowls, patens, chalices, burial urns and more. I especially enjoy creating piece that commemorate special occasions like weddings, anniversaries, and awards. Recent examples include environmental awards and chili cook-off prizes. If it can fit in the kiln I can make it for you.
All of my work can be shipped. Contact me at email@example.com to find out shipping options. I can add a shipping cost to your order based on the weight and where its going. It only takes me a minute . Most sold items can be ordered. Please allow 4-6 weeks for special orders. Some items can be made more quickly, Just ask.
My studio in Hollywood MD is open by appointment and during my annual open studio for a weekend in early December. Curbside pick up is available. When visiting my studio please wear your mask and practice safe social distancing. Please call 301-904-9938 to schedule an appointment.
My work is also sold in At Gallery 50 and Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth, Delaware; North End Gallery in Leonardtown, MD ;northendgallery.com; and at juried Art shows in Solomons, Prince Frederick MD, Rehoboth Beach DE, and Urbanna VA. My most recent featured artist show was at North End Gallery in Nov 2019.
When visiting any show this fall please wear your mask and practice safe social distancing
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