Ceramics

My involvement with ceramics has been an act that could be compared to spending time in a garden. That incredible sense of satisfaction one feels when their hands have touched soil, where they feel the nourishment of the earth enter their soul – reminds oneself of their place in the world. Both of these acts, pottery and gardening, bear time-honored traditions, which bring us closer to our humanity.

I begin with creating my functional pieces of pottery on the wheel, making them symmetrical and true. When the clay vessel nears completion, I begin altering the piece by pushing and bending it to give it more of an organic sensuous shape. I, then, re-center the top of the piece so that it re-aligns with the bottom of the piece that is still attached to the wheel.

After a day or two when the piece has become what is known as leather hard, I spend time cutting into it and carving the surface. As reference, I use natural objects that I have found on my journeys to give it a sense of being wood that is weathered and worn.

After it has been fired the first time, I use a number of different colored stains on the carved surface to accent the high areas and darken the valleys, keeping in mind the effects seen on old pieces of wood. I protect these areas with wax and follow with glazing the rim and inside so that the piece remains functional. Through every part of the process, I am integrating the peace I find in nature, deep into the crevices of the pottery.