Year of Creation:
Glaze: Wood fired
Clay Body: Porcelain
10 inches, Width 5 inches
I am a potter, clay artist, and designer/maker. I make pots, clay and
mixed media sculptures.
My pots and sculptures are an expression of what is what was and what
might be and often think that art is just a glimpse of a beauty that we
are not meant to truly understand. Occasionally I get that glimpse.
I came about wood firing quite by chance at a kiln building/firing in
1998. What happened is that I went to the course to learn how to build
a kiln, but left with a way to finish my work and in turn to make a life.
Wood fired ceramics has a wonderful continuity to it. Ideas from the processing
of clay, through the making, loading, firing then detailing and responding
to the work seem to flow back and forth from beginning to end, defying
time and there is an extraordinarily strong connection between thought,
art and process. This working cycle continually challenges me in many
ways; what I think I know, my ideas of beauty, ugliness and expectation.
I have also come to realize that one must first understand the firing
process before a successful pot can be made. Firing with wood continuously
challenges this understanding and how I make my work.
The works that emerge from the kiln are like portals allowing us an opportunity
to see what might lie beyond the veil of this perceived reality. Often
the work that comes out the kiln is not of the same nature when it went
in and I have learned not to expect things from it but to accept it and
in the case of my mixed media sculptures, to react to it.
My body of work is more about a way of thinking than it is about a process
or an end product. I seem to work in a state between concept, process
and material. Always acting and reacting, always questioning. Moving onward,
sometimes to destinations I haven't even considered.