about the artist
I have been working with clay since 1995. I love immersing myself in the "making" process of clay. While I am most passionate about creating personal, one-of-a-kind pieces for my clients, I also enjoy creating functional ware, decorative art pieces and sculpture.
I am humbled by the quiet elegance of japanese tea cup, or yunomi. I love primitive firing processes, such as raku, saggar and smoke reduction are my favorite styles of finishing because of the variety of results achieved. Whether the process imparts the brilliant colors and crackles of raku, the soft, subtle markings of saggar or the textural, organic quality of other various processes, my pieces are each unique, one-of-a-kind creations.
The unique ceramic tradition of raku (american-style) produces distinctive, one-of-a-kind metallic and crackle finishes. Intense color variations, including copper, orange, purple, blue, green, black and anything in between.
Artists' raku processes vary; my method consists of firing bisqued, glazed ceramics in a gas-powered kiln that we converted from an old electric kiln. Slowly, the temperature is raised every 15 minutes until it reaches cone 06, or approximately 1800 F degrees.
The glowing ware is extremely hot , so long handled tongs, protective gloves and safety mask are worn to protect against excessive heat and smoke. The pieces are quickly removed from the hot kiln and immediately placed in separate metal buckets. These containers have been prepared with combustible materials such as pine needles, sawdust, newspaper or hay, which will immediately catch fire. More combustible material is often sprinkled on top. As the flames build, a lid is placed tightly over the container, producing a reduction atmosphere. After 40-60 minutes, the pieces are lifted from the ash and debris.