Growing up in the Midwest on a farm has implanted versatility, practicality as well as creativity. I watched rows of crops being planted and grow to harvest. I learned that sometimes you just need to wait. I saw the cycles of life in plants and animals as the seasons passed.
This rhythm carries over into my life as a potter as I wedge clay, figure the timing needed for sequences and throw pots, wait for pots to air dry, adjusting to shrinkage, bisque and finally glaze firing.
I love to make things with my hands and all the physical work which goes into being a potter-from mixing up clay to hauling my finished pieces to shows to sell. I make things for everyday use which I hope folks enjoy using as much as I love creating. Excitement fills the air as the pots are about to emerge from my kiln.
I still get butterflies before I crack the lid open on a new firing. I am grateful I know how to make pots and am able to do work I love.
When I enter my studio I usually have a problem to solve. Much of being an artist is built around this concept. My work as a potter combines form and function.
“Art you can use” is my tagline. I love that about my work because it challenges me to make pots which are both decorative and useful-functioning well at the same time.