My cups and tableware are approached primarily as sculpture.
I strive to create forms that can be functional and establish a personal and
tactile connection with users.
My artistic point of departure is to respond organically to ceramic materials,
tradition, and processes to capture the spirit of fired
I studied native clays
and forms while in Mexico.
There, students threw on hand
built kick wheels and processed local clays to learn about native
Today I enjoy
working with earthenware, terra cotta, and native clays to explore earthenware
fired jars and containers.
My portraits are
inspired by people I know, historical figures I respect, and personalities
I believe that capturing the essence of a unique character is like capturing the
concept of a useful cup or bowl; the point of departure for each is unique and
success is gauged by an intangible response to clay.
I have many interests
that take me outside my studio and connect me to new, novel, and personally
meaningful forms and materials.
It is hard to talk
about my art without addressing these pursuits though they may reside outside the
Yakima Art Community.