The feeling of the soft clay passing through my hands as it turns on the potter’s wheel brings out the artist within me.
Just as primitive man made vessels of clay for daily use, I too am driven to create forms that have a purpose. Each functional ceramic vessel is created to be truly one-of-a-kind, standing firmly on its own artistic merit. While function is always top of mind, the aesthetic of the final composition is my strongest goal.
My inspiration comes from the desire to create a work of art that is both exciting to view and exciting to touch.
I like to create visual and tactile excitement in my pieces through contrast. I do this by contrasting glazed surface areas with non-glazed areas, and by using a color palette of stains and glazes inspired by nature. Also incorporated in my work is a technique called “chattering,” where I cut small, intricate patterns into the ceramic surface while the wheel is spinning. These patterns create a dynamic texture that contrasts beautifully with the areas left smooth.
I have been teaching and creating art for over 40 years. In 2011, I retired from Coldwater High School, after instructing students in all areas of art for 39 years. Presently, I am a sports photographer for The Daily Standard, a daily newspaper in Celina, Ohio. It is through photography and wheel-thrown pottery that I am currently fulfilling my desire to create.