Juried Status: Professional Virginia Artisan
In studying ceramics I have always been fascinated by the complex problem of integrating three essential elements of ceramic design: form, surface, and function. My forms are a wheel-thrown mixture of the mechanical and the whimsical, flowing lines juxtaposed with hard edges, with many pieces altered after they come off the wheel. The surfaces are then treated as a blank canvas. With a background in painting, I like to spray my glazes to allow for soft transitions between colors. Then I often integrate stenciled graphics or layered brush marks.
What I love about creating functional pieces of art is the vision of their usefulness. The idea of the viewer or user having a relationship with the piece that speaks to their love of food and drink whether pouring, serving or sipping. While I am creating my work, I am very concerned with its function giving it a reason to not simply be hidden behind a cabinet. At the same time, I wish to elevate the experience of everyday to something extraordinary.