I have been working with clay for over 25 years. Raku is a great love of mine- the surprise and spontaneity of the process feeds my need for instant gratification. Alternately, I enjoy the depth and flexibility that stoneware provides as a means to create functional items people use and touch every day. It is a process that teaches me patience. For the person purchasing a pottery piece, it is usually a thoughtful process. How will this fit in my home, my life…to be a part of that is extremely rewarding.
My design style is influenced by my environment. I may see a line here, a curve there. A color, texture or print. These serve as elements I take to my studio and interpret into new designs. It stretches my imagination. Some things work, some things don’t. In the end, it moves me forward as an artist.
From throwing the piece, to the final firing, it is a wonderful Journey.
Raku is an ancient firing technique that produces instant results on a blank canvas. Blackened by smoke, a vessel is kissed with color by glazes that produce bright purple, lime green, electric blue, magenta, turquoise, silver, white crackle, bright red and copper. Each piece has its own identity that cannot be controlled. Purely to be admired, it is not watertight or food safe.
Stoneware, a long lasting durable material, takes on basic function with hand-made warmth. All food related stoneware pieces are watertight, food, oven and dishwasher safe. Pieces may be wheel thrown or hand-built. They are dried, fired, glazed, fired again and are then ready for use. From start to finish, it takes about 3 weeks to complete any given piece.