Clay can be rigid, forgiving, surprising, exciting, and frustrating. Even so, I live for the anticipation of kiln openings, when I have tried to control it all, but in the end, the clay, glaze and kiln have the final say. I am delighted, perplexed, challenged, and astonished by the results, and then back at it again. Is it an addiction, obsession, or passion? Maybe all of the above.
As I continue to explore the fascinating world of pottery I challenge myself to keep trying many new techniques and styles. It is very gratifying to make functional pottery, especially the completion of a specifically requested piece. While I am enjoying the stability of making functional pottery, I also find the erratic, random, fickle and volatile process of raku, saggar and other types of alternative firings exhilarating.
Always aware of my surroundings, I draw inspiration from nature close to home here in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. I strive to have a special hint of nature in my pottery, sometimes as subtle as color or as obvious as an impressed piece of nature on the piece. My studio has a window that looks out at Mt. Rose and Slide Mountain; one can’t have a more picturesque inspiration. I am very fortunate live here in Reno, Nevada, and to continue to explore all that pottery has to offer.