I am drawn to the unpredictable results of atmospheric firing. How the flame touches each pot differently with flashing, deposits of ash creating texture, and colors created by the absence of oxygen. Each pot, each kiln, and each firing is unique. The work feels successful to me when the surface has an organic, weathered look or the feeling of an object found in nature with fossil like details.
Using stoneware and porcelain the forms begin as wheel thrown and are then altered.
I focus on functional pieces because I’m interested in creating a relationship between the pot and it’s user.
My training is in ceramics, applied design, and printmaking. I earned a BS degree in Applied Design from University of Maryland. Over the years I have experimented with various techniques and styles. While living in Africa I was fortunate to spend time in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia working with women potters who use contemporary and indigenous methods to create and fire their work. These experiences have lead me to an appreciation of the organic simplicity of wood fired, functional pieces and to asymmetry in both form and glaze.
Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore Members Show July 2014
Creative Craft Council’s 29th Biennial Exhibition at Strathmore Hall, MD 2013. Honorable Mention in Ceramics at the Creative Craft Council’s 28th Biennial Exhibition 2011
Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery Shows including the May 2010 “Variations in Clay”, May 2011 “Personal Best”, and June 2012 “Shape of Things”
Baltimore Clayworks juried exhibitions 2012 Daily Companions, 2013 100 Teapot VI, 2013 Artifacts from the Inferno: Contemporary Wood-fired Ceramics, 2015 Teapots VII
Honorable Mention in Ceramics at the Eastern Shore Art League Members Show 2012
2013 edition of 500 Teapots Volume 2
Ceramics Monthly November 2013 issue pages 6 and 19.
Juried member of the Artisans Center of Virginia
Juried member of the Artisans Guild of the Eastern Shore of Virginia
Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore.
Currently my work is shown at the Red Queen Gallery in Onancock, VA, Stage Door in Cape Charles, VA, Blue Crab Bay Company in Melfa, VA, and P Street Pictures on O in Washington, DC.