I have always had a fond connection for and sensitivity to the tactile process of creating art. I am captivated by the intimacy of forming clay into a pot on the potter’s wheel. Through this act, I gain a strong awareness of not only the material, but of myself. The rhythm of the wet clay drumming through my fingers provides for me a physical, emotional, and mental state of relaxation.
Because my work is mainly functional, I carefully consider to how it can enhance the daily lives of those that use it. I want the owners that use my pottery to be comfortable; therefore I pay close attention to the size, shape and placement of a mug’s handle, or the mood that might be created by my glaze choices. In doing so, I strive to create a personal relationship between owner and utilitarian object.
As a resident of Northern Arizona, I am greatly attracted to not only the land, but the ancient culture and art of the region. A lot of my work reflects this allure, as I blend and borrow elements of pattern and design from the historical pottery of the Southwest Native Americans; whilst remaining mindful of a cultural sensitivity.