Making pots for the joy of living.
From almost the first moment that my fingers touched wet clay five years ago, I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. We had recently moved to Deep River, and I little knew what lay in store for me when I wandered into the Potters' Guild for an open house.
Like Mister Toad in The Wind in the Willows, I exclaimed, "And to think I never knew! All those wasted years that lie behind me, I never knew, never even dreamt!" All other activities were forgotten, old hobbies cast aside, and I was overtaken by a new craze.
I have been making things with my hands since I was very young; but nothing compared to the feeling of doing this. There is something very primeval about working with clay. I believe that pots should feel nice in the hand as well as please the eye and I particularly desire to combine functionality with beauty. I enjoy the challenge of producing food-safe surfaces for cooking and eating and make pots that get washed rather than dusted.
It is very exciting to explore different techniques of surface decoration, which often yield astonishingly different results when fired in a gas or an electric kiln. My work is influenced by the forms of Classical Greek pottery and the Arts and Crafts Movement.
I have been a member of the Valley Artisans' Co-op since November 2008.