From concept to final fire my studio life revolves around an intricate series of interconnected processes which move my work cycles towards completion.
Drawings must be alive to capture the essential spirit and gesture of an intended form.
My tools are my passports to the discovery of new forms and surfaces. I love them, and regularly make new tools throughout each work session. Tools matter.
Wheel work, slab forming, extrusion. . . all hold fascination. Tools are constant companions.
Slips are a favored liquid painting material. . . I use them instinctively and with pleasure.
They extend the fascination with surface by doing their dance with the under-painted slips. Double the pleasure.
The primeval playing with fire has lured potters for centuries. I am a fire-man. Kilns and firings: alluring. . . mysterious. . . and magical.
The cycles of making and firing are the maps of my studio life. They are planned and unplanned, meaning that while I may intend a certain order. . . I let them flow and teach while I ride the waves of ideas.