In my work, it is my intention to create pots that enter people’s everyday lives in a direct and intimate way. My goal is to integrate form, function and surface in a way that brings a sense of balance and excitement to my work. The decoration of my pots is a direct response to the world that surrounds me. In the surface treatment of my work, I strive for lively expression of line, pattern and color. My hope is that my pots invite use and that my pleasure in making them is shared by those who use them.
My pots combine thrown, altered and hand built sections. These sections are made separately and then assembled. The pots are majolica on a terra cotta clay body. Majolica is a glaze tradition that began in the Middle East with a tin-opacified viscose glaze. The majolica glaze is smooth, white and opaque. The colorants are applied in a thin wash to the glazed surface to create the lively decoration. When the pots are fired the glaze gives a glossy surface that maintains the line quality and color of the decoration. The pots are fired to cone 04, approx. 1945 degrees, in an electric kiln. The majolica glaze does not contain lead, nor do any of the colorants used. The glaze is a hard glaze which will withstand normal everyday use.