About the Pottery:
I work with porcelain clay, mostly on the potter's wheel, softly altered when freshly thrown, glazed when leather-hard, and fired to cone 10 in a soda kiln. I seek for fire and kiln atmosphere to decorate my pots ; I create surfaces and forms to be touched by flame. The sensual, tactile quality of clay is vital, and I want my pieces to feel as good to touch as they are useful and good looking. The pots look alive, a bit whimsical, and they’re intended to bring life, beauty, and years of enjoyment into the lives of those who use them.

About Working:
These days, I contemplate living as a practicing artist on a planet facing extraordinary shifts. I imagine how the work of my hands and heart might contribute. 

Perhaps, doing this work develops qualities which may benefit: caring attention, commitment, honesty, courage, passion, hard work, love of beauty, and a willingness to get one’s hands dirty.

Simple pottery, like cups, can be made consciously to hold and serve nourishment. Objects designed to bring pleasure and joy with use and touch. The continuing, primordial, mysterious act of creation links us with that process, and with the essential raw materials of which we and the pots are made: earth, water, fire, air.

Do consciously made pots carry some ineffable ability to transform and heal? What lies embedded in the stone of fired clay by the creative alchemical bond between material, process, and person. What may be conveyed through use or enjoyment? A hand embraces a handle; compassion arises in the heart. This is what I intend.

When a hand embraces a handle, compassion arises in the heart.

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