The life, beauty and personality of a ceramic vessel emerge gradually from within. Through the use of a handmade object, the senses are awakened and everyday rituals are transformed into aesthetic experiences. The simplicity of a fluid form initiates reflection amidst a busy world, while subtle detail and a rich expanse of surface encourages observation of one’s environment beyond the symmetrical rim. If successfully executed, expression, aspiration, craftsmanship and honesty are revealed and the pot beckons for use again and again.
Pots fired in an anagama wood kiln do not have a glaze applied to the exterior surface. The finished color and surface are determined by the clay materials, placement in the kiln, temperature and the duration of the firing. In a five day kiln firing, the ash of several cords of wood melts to form a glazed surface. The flame creates subtle and unique patterns as it weaves through hundreds of stacked pots. The physical and emotional experience of the firing process seems to radiate from each one-of-a-kind piece unloaded from the kiln.
My stoneware pottery utilizes clay and glazes, long borrowed from the Orient by American potters. They reflect my role in the evolution of traditional pottery and define a philosophy of beauty through humility.