About the pottery
Like many potters, I came to the wheel in a round-about-way (no pun intended). I have been an artist my whole life, a graphic artist, designer, and illustrator by trade. After years as a two dimensional artist, I needed to do something different and took a tile-making class on a whim. Loved it! 3-D, what a concept! The second tile class was cancelled and I was stuck in a wheel-throwing class as compensation. That was ‘all she wrote’, as they say. I have been addicted to clay, and especially the wheel ever since.
The first five years or so of working on the wheel are just about learning to create well-made pieces. After that, your personality and style start to invite themselves into the work. I still have a love of graphic art, and especially Native American inspired patterns. My Signature pieces reflect that influence and I feel there is a lifetime of exploration left in that area for me. My functional pieces are proud to be utilitarian ‘with a twist’. How wonderful to hold a coffee mug in your hands every morning that you love the look and feel of, and that is something you couldn’t find anywhere else!
I work mainly with two clays, a creamy, off white that shows off brighter, more intense colors, and a sturdy stoneware that has flecks that burn through the glazes and give pieces a warm, earthy quality. All glazes are food safe and the finished pieces are oven-proof and dishwasher safe. Practically, if you love a piece of pottery, however, treat it kindly. You may want to make sure it is on the top shelf of the dishwasher, or if you are purchasing a teapot (from me or anyone, for that matter), you should ‘temper’ it with hot tap water before pouring boiling water in to steep your tea. This should prevent ‘crazing’ and ensure that your hand-made pot lasts a lifetime.