My work is defined by a love for nature’s explosive color palettes and my fascination with deep-sea life. Opportunities to tour international market places and visit tribal village communities further inspire. I love strolling passed perfectly aligned displays of exotic produce and spices and butcher shop’s carefully arranged animal parts displaying head to tail edibles. There is an excitement inside when I see countless designs and color fabrics draped over women, who are walking their local bazaars gathering daily sustenance. These Cultural experiences and my sense of humor, along with, wacky happenstance, encourages me to celebrate the unexpected in life . Clay (“I LOVE DIRT!”)gives me the vehicle to express my left of center personality. The carefully centered wheel thrown forms are intentionally moved off center to give my work a playfulness and celebrative dance like movement. Each piece is one of a kind and cherished like a spirited child asking to be picked up and admired.
I am a self-taught clay artist, first experiencing clay 20+ years ago. After extensive classes and workshops as a member of The Clay Studio, in Philadelphia, the Baltimore Clay Works, The Main Line Art Center and Perkins Center for the Arts I became a studio potter at the Pomona Clay Studio in Haddonfield NJ. I’m also a member of the Main Line Raku Guild in Haverford Pa, and the Potter’s Council, an international organization.
I work with commercially manufactured earthenware, stoneware and porcelain clays. I use various firing techniques: electric, gas, raku, saggar and wood. To create my surface designs I layer clay slips and underglazes using wax resist and mono printing techniques.
My purpose is to create unique objects that are for everyday use and enjoyment!