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  • About This Artist

    I have been making pottery for over 50 years and am as captivated and committed to it as I was when I first started. I work in both stoneware and porcelain clays, firing to around 2340 degrees in a reduction atmosphere. I mix my own clay bodies, have built all the kilns that I have used over the years, and mix up my own glazes. Most of the work is either slabbed constructed or thrown and altered, and the decorating techniques include scriffito, brushwork, working with silk screening and stencils, and various methods of glaze application. I have been doing functional work since I began, and recently have explored altering small thrown vessels into birds. I have been selling off and on over the years at the ACC show in Baltimore.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: I have been making pottery for over 50 years and am as captivated and committed to it as I was when I first started. I work in both stoneware and porcelain clays, firing to around 2340 degrees in a reduction atmosphere. I mix my own clay bodies, have built all the kilns that I have used over the years, and mix up my own glazes. Most of the work is either slabbed constructed or thrown and altered, and the decorating techniques include scriffito, brushwork, working with silk screening and stencils, and various methods of glaze application. I have been doing functional work since I began, and recently have explored altering small thrown vessels into birds. I have been selling off and on over the years at the ACC show in Baltimore.

    A: I think that my fascination with clay over these many years has to do with its fluidity and infinite possibilities. The fact that the material itself is not precious allows a freedom that a material more expensive wouldn't have. When working with this material you have to respect its basic natures and follow pretty strict intrinsic "laws". This challenge totally engages me and keeps me in the moment.

    A: As an artist working with clay in West Virginia in a very rural setting I have always struggled with dialogue in my community. For years most of my pots went out of state whether they were sold at retail, or shipped as wholesale orders. Aging and Covid are changing that. I am part of three cooperative galleries within the state and I am finding it a valuable way to work these days.

    A: I work hard at maintaining a state of wonder. I live in a beautiful place, sitting over a wild river, experiencing the seasons and changes ever happening. My pottery adds humility, hard work, and constant challenge that deepens my experience of life.



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