I made a short documentary for the Oregon Potters Association celebrating their rich, 40-year history of involvement with ceramics.
The language of flowers, or floriography, offers a rich source of inspiration for my work, as it allows me to explore the cultural significance of flowers in Victorian times and how they can be used to convey meaning in a subtle and expressive way.
I’m a hand builder of clay. I wanted to make mugs so I collaborated with another clay artist, one who makes really nicely shaped mugs that i could decorate.
Water etching on ceramics is a technique that creates a slightly raised surface resulting in a tactile texture on the clay body.
A lot of time is spent in each of the hand built pieces I make, so I like to have an idea how the underglaze itself might look after it’s fired.
A great way to create a unique and quite colorful surface design in ceramics is through the use of the mono-printing process with underglazes.
I’ve been making ceramic chickens for several months now, each one a delight to create. Here’s how I turn a pinch pot into a chicken.
I have a soft spot for cows. Maybe it’s an ancestral thing – my maternal great-grandfather was a dairy farmer in Iowa 100 years ago. I never met him, but the love for cows lives on in me.
I love to decorate the exterior of my ceramic wares. I approach it as a painter with a blank canvas – the possibilities are almost infinite.
Creating a dedicated work space, especially creative work, is important. Whether it’s the visual arts or writing or any form of artistic endeavor – magic occurs when you have a separate space or place dedicated to expressing yourself.