My journey in clay began in 1999 when I attended a throwing class at a local clay center in Fort Collins, CO. I immediately fell in love with the feel of wet clay between my fingers and knew I had found my creative outlet.
My continued education in ceramics has been self-directed; taking various classes and workshops at art centers, community colleges & a local potter’s guild.
There are many avenues that I travel within the world of clay, for it feeds my hunger for change in my life. I usually work within a series; incorporating what is inspiring me at the moment. All of my work begins on the potter’s wheel with a strong emphasis on silhouette and form. My deepest passion lies in carving into the clay to create greater depth, and drama on the surface, with different directions in color, scale and texture. Since nature is a strong influence for me, you will often find my work embellished with elements of it such as beads, feathers and stone.
I focus on two different firing techniques: oxidation and Raku. My love for Raku firing is based on anticipation and instant gratification. Because of the process and chemicals used, I am never sure of the final result of the piece being fired.
Working with clay has been a very fulfilling journey for me. As I continue this journey, I always look forward to the new discoveries that await me.