In my ceramic practice, I make cups, plates, vases, and ambiguous forms meant for use and contemplation – sculptural objects that carry the feeling of something found in the woods or on the beach, marked by the natural environment in some way, and tableware that is carefully crafted to be used and perceived for its subtle surface qualities, rewarding searching fingers or the inquiring eye. The finished pieces are a record of the skill, chance, and instinctive decisions that have gone into their making.
Using a variety of clays, slips, glaze layering and firing methods, I attune to the translucency of porcelain, the coarseness of black stoneware, the time-sensitive dictates of slip and clay interactions. I work quickly, responding to the anticipated as well as the unforeseen. Through stages of wet, dry, soft, firm, fragile and solid, my making process combines expectation with surprise; chance occurrences with choice.