Although I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, as a child I spent every possible moment in the country exploring the woods and playing in creeks. The earthy tones and minimalism of my functional pots reflect the nature that surrounded me as a child. I gravitate towards a pot that is casual, quiet, and appears to have grown right out of the spot it sits. My aesthetic falls into a minimalist category; less is more for me. I am drawn to and hope to create pots that have an organic and natural quality to them. These are the pots that pull me in. Their irregularities give these pots a personality not unlike our own physical presence. I juxtapose minimalism, simple clean lines, designs that are unadorned but have a strong presence with aspects that are loose, organic, and casual. My hope is that the pots fill not only a functional roll through daily use, but they also have an aesthetic quality that invites people to enjoy owning them for the sheer pleasure of handling and viewing them.
Every year that I live among the pots in my home, I am able to see more qualities in the pots that
I was not able to see before because I didn\\\'t have a good enough understanding of all the aspects of what it takes to make a good pot. Will I ever be able to make a \\\"good pot\\\"? I don\\\'t know, but there is a force that drives me forward to try and accomplish this desire. Hamada once said that it takes a lifetime and a half to become a good potter, I started my journey with only a half of a lifetime left.
My work is made of stoneware and fired in atmospheric firings of either soda, or wood. My education of pottery making and firing comes from potters I have met in the United States, Italy, Ireland, and Japan.