I absolutely loved the first pottery class I ever took when I was in college. It was a studio elective toward a degree in graphic design. Even though I couldn’t continue with classes there at the time, I knew I wanted to go back to it some day. That “some day” came 20 years later after discovering an adult class nearby and I haven’t stopped since.
I tend to be all over the map in terms of what I make; I just like to try different things! You’ll never find me at the wheel all day throwing 50 identical bowls. I might make a small set of plates or bowls one week and then turn around and create a more sculptural form the next. Many of my pieces have a feel of nature to them and most have gentle, smooth flowing lines. I never considered myself a painter, in fact I avoided that studio class like the plague in college. It terrified me because of how permanent it seemed. It took experimenting with glazes to overcome that fear and I’m now dabbling with painted design. Go figure.
Some pieces are thrown on the wheel, while others are hand built. I tend to alter my work often either through manipulation of thrown pieces, adding texture, or carving. I work in white stoneware and porcelain and fire to cone 6 – 10 (2200 – 2300 degrees)