I have a background in production pottery and base my current body of ceramic work around function, clean ergonomics, and durability. I use cool color glazes with matte and glossy finishes on light and dark stoneware clay bodies. I also enjoy illustrating on my clay pieces using underglaze and by carving through different clay slips previously applied with a brush. All of my work is fired to cone 6-7 in an electrical kiln and is food, dishwasher, and microwave safe.
Drawing was my first passion as an artist and I continue to use it today as a tool for removing artist block and furthering my compositional eye. It helps me revisit the basic principles of design and serves as the backbone of all of my work. Most of my drawings are landscape based and are inspired by places I’ve been.
Recently I’ve been experimenting with pyrography on wood surfaces. When possible, I design my images around the grain of the wood being burned to make each final piece a bit more unique. I enjoy the challenge of not being able to undo or change my marks with this drawing method. It has proved to be a great discipline strengthening exercise.