I see myself as a potter. I have been working in clay for over 40 years and still love the feel of clay and my ability to change its shape with my hands.
A strong appreciation of the environment of the Pacific Northwest has led me to express the connections between classical forms and natural elements through form, surface detail or firing techniques.
I enjoy throwing classical shapes, and I often add hand built elements associated with nature or carve the pieces with organic patterns. My focus lately has been on alternative firing techniques. I especially appreciate the horsehair raku and pit fired burnished ware more familiar in the American Southwest.
Maybe it is our need for sun here in WA or the desert landscapes that draw me in to these firing techniques.