I love the feel of clay; its weight and strength.
It is important to me that my pottery reflects the shapes and textures of the natural world and highlights the natural organic qualities of the clay and glazes. I love the effect that combining weaving and other natural materials creates in my pieces. My depictions of flora and fauna are a reminder of their importance to the beauty and environmental balance in our world.
My Brace Cove studio and membership in the Ceramic League of Miami provide me with natural, coastal and wildlife inspiration. I have the good fortune to be surrounded by beautiful shades of blue, green, gray and brown and varied textures of granite, stone, sand and bark. These images and atmosphere are both stimulating and at the same time can be very calming.
I work mostly in thrown, functional stoneware and love that the clay surface becomes my blank canvas to carve, pierce and impress. Carving images and texture into my pottery creates a surface that the glaze enhances and a tactile quality that one can enjoy when holding one of my pieces, especially one of my mugs.
Another means of inspiration for me has come from travel. Over the years I have traveled around our country and the world and learned about different cultures and how history and geography shaped their art. Pottery is created by all cultures and I was always happy to support the local artisans and also bring home something to represent where I’d been. Now that I am a potter these artifacts often remind me of patterns, shapes and colors that I loved from those journeys and sometimes I incorporate them in my work.