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I am an Atlanta-based artist who has studied ceramics and worked in clay for over twenty years. After several years of not working I am delighted to have new work to share. When I was first exposed to clay I fell in love with the process of coiling. Although I learned and came to appreciate and use other methods of forming clay, coiling remains a central means of expression for me. Coiling is an ancient tradition still used in many cultures. It involves building the piece with ropes of clay and a few simple hand tools. It is a slow and rhythmical process. I gently paddle the outside as I am building and shaping the pot. This paddling leaves a subtle texture on the surface that reflects the building process itself.
I am influenced by both ancient and contemporary pottery, especially Native American and African work. I also draw inspiration from some glass forms and woven baskets. I strive for strength of form and a certain simplicity, both in the process and the results.
Currently I am enjoying the use of color. My coil pots are painted with under glazes, fired in an electric kiln, and then smoked in a contained open fire. Several layers of wax are applied to protect the finished surface. Since my work is fired and then smoked at relatively low temperatures it is not designed to hold liquids or or to store food. My hope is that the work simply adds to ones quality of life, perhaps in some allusive way.