Painting with Smoke
I have been working with clay for over 10 years. My passion is exploring the earthier, natural look of the pottery tradition. Each unique pot is hand-thrown in symmetrical forms, generally trending toward the pottery and style of the American Southwest.
The carbon fired pieces use no glaze, so when touched the pieces give a feeling of warmth that brings one closer to the earth’s essence and naturalness. All pieces are bisque and carbon fired. Then smoke and reduction techniques may be applied. The firing materials dance upon the clay and leave exciting, random markings. The patterns left by this volatile process invoke the fiery chaos of nature, contrasted with the calm and serene patterns reminiscent of cloudy days and deep earthy textures. . Each unique piece is handled almost 20 times and in the end, tells its own story.
Pottery is an ancient art. These, one of kind, timeless pieces can be passed on for generations. When placed in an environment over time, the pieces have a powerful connective energy with those who enjoy them. Each piece holds the spirit of not only the potter, but the bearer as well. The power of pottery has reflected this energy exchange throughout the ages. I have found, through pottery, a vehicle that can transport the energy and space of a given time into the future.
I have always felt a deep connection with the archetypical affect on consciousness and the awareness that pottery can bring to individuals and a society. This art form expresses a timeless connection with the earth and human spirit.
I will continue to explore the vast potential variations the clay medium offers. I am, for the most part, a self-taught artist. This gives me great latitude in the way I create. With no preconceived rules to follow, I'm free to decide the form that my pottery will take, within the parameters of material I choose. I find influences in the patterns of nature.
Above all --it is the power in the clay, smoke and fire that truly creates my work.
This type of pottery should never be used with water or to hold food. It is also suggested to keep the pieces out of the direct sunlight.