The ordered patterns and graceful liveliness of plants serve as inspiration for my work with porcelain clay. The botanical artistry of the Creator has always captivated me. After years of gardening and observation during nature walks I began to draw from the images of what I had seen. My intention most often is to create functional pots with an essence of the botanical nature. Having said that I must add I see my work in transition as I’m rediscovering the child within and enjoying making new forms and using techniques that are creating pots less botanical in nature, but are rich in texture and color.
I begin forming my porcelain pieces on the potters wheel. I then alter the piece wet, carve when leather hard, brush or trail slip onto the piece, or a combination of these to create the expressive botanical patterns seen in my work. The pots are fired twice, ultimately to 2400°F in a gas kiln. Between firings they are dipped into glazes formulated with oxides to produce a variety of color and visual texture.