The natural world, especially ocean life, inspires my designs and forms. I throw on the wheel and use handbuilding techniques with stoneware and porcelain clays, and decorate using incising, engobes, underglazes and lustres. After I draw and paint colorful images on the ceramic forms, they are glazed and fired using a variety of methods: electric oxidation, high-fire gas reduction, wood-firing, or raku.
I received a BFA in Painting and an MFA in Ceramics from the U. of Oregon in Eugene. While there, I was fortunate to learn from M.C.Richards, Paulus Berensohn, Jack Troy and many other artists. I studied Asian art and culture, and feel especially connected to the aesthetics of Korea and Japan.
In my work, I try to express the fun I have with clay, and my love of the ceramic process and all living things.