Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Mid-coast Maine is a never ending source of inspiration for me. I have pursued a self-guided career with clay and each time I enter my studio it feels like a new beginning. My practice is an extension of my days as a Landscape Architect, those aesthetics are more present in my work today than ever before. Working with porcelain and natural found elements I pursue their inherent qualities and how they reveal themselves in the kiln.
Q&A With This Artist
A: Porcelain, thrown and altered on the wheel is my primary medium. For me it a beautiful pure palette which I find extremely responsive allowing a very personal connection through my own 'call and response' throwing technique. It also is the perfect medium to which I can add found elements or 'inclusions', primarily iron that reveals itself more fully and organically in the firing process.
A: When I sit down at my wheel I abandon the idea of the perfect pot. Rather, I lose myself in the throwing process searching for an equilibrium between myself and the porcelain clay body. This 'call and response' throwing technique pushes the boundaries between what the clay will withstand and my ability to stay in control. Many pieces are lost in the process but what survives has an ephemeral beauty that I find very soulful and gratifying.
A: Simplicity and depth. I believe my work exhibits an organic depth that keeps it relevant and engaging. The layers of visual and physical texture, color and form reveal themselves slowly over time to the viewer.
A: Music helps me get into a flow in the studio, most often it is jazz or classical which inspires me without drawing my attention away from work. I also gravitate towards an Asian aesthetic and follow many Japanese ceramic artists and painters.
A: The past year while very isolating has actually brought me into much closer contact with other artists and a world-wide arts community through the internet I might not otherwise have had the privilege of meeting. Through subject-based workshops from ceramics, travel, or writing has broadened not just my knowledge but my personal network as well. Sharing our experiences with others from all around the globe has been a deeply gratifying and expansive experience for me personally.
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