My work is concerned with the development of a body of utilitarian, wood-fired vessels. One aim of this work is that it may forge a relationship with the viewer, revealing subtle complexities through continued interaction. Through this long-term interaction, both my personal voice and the narrative of process are made known. Much of my work reflects on a relaxed mindset that feeds my spirit and is part of daily life. The personal connection I have with my own work is a crucial part of the process that stems far beyond the throwing of the pots. I make my work in a style that has me physically involved in all aspects of the development of a finished piece. Throwing lines are integrated into my surfaces, allowing my interaction with the clay to still be visible long after the piece is thrown. The work contains broad shoulders and fecund bellies, which breathe life into each individual form. These surfaces and transitions allow the flame and ash to travel across the pot, culminating in a vessel that varies from a dry matte to a jeweled patina. Rather than acting as a cover, the wood-fired surface meshes with the form, and the two become one in the same. These vessels are made in a manner that encourage me to slow down and take notice of the subtle diversities in form, and the infinite variety of surface, texture, and color found throughout wood firing. Through formulating my own clay, building my own kilns, interpreting the results of the firings, and actively responding to those results, forms are altered and loading techniques changed in order to capture and enhance the results that speak most clearly to me.
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