Working with clay gives me opportunity to show my appreciation of the natural world. Natures ability to manipulate its way through fabricated obstacles, to adapt to environmental changes, to transform into new species, to combine and become one with its surroundings, is inspiring. I am motivated to create works that honor the perseverance of life.
More recent works have been focused on the perseverance of human life. Adapting, converging and transforming continually throughout our life cycle. The many personality traits and characteristics that we pick up along the way, are what I attempt to highlight in my work. Focusing on one specific aspect at a time.
The type of clay that I work with depends on the prospected outcome and the construction method used. My primary clay bodies are earthenware and a white stoneware. The finishes are a combination of mason stains, oxides, slips, low fire and high fire glazes. The colors on the pit fired pieces are achieved with various organic materials that flash different colors during the firing. My pieces are either thrown and aletered or completely hand-built. By adding, subracting, carving and altering, I am able to animate my imagination.