My life as a potter began in the early seventies when many of us were privileged to make career choices from our hearts. We were the generation that prided ourselves on having less in the way of possessions, and more in the way of a spiritual consciousness. So I followed my bliss, and was fortunate to have been given the talent for making things. I chose clay as my expression. Rather than pursue an academic route, I joined a pottery co-op in Seattle: Pottery Northwest, and worked for years alongside other aspiring potters. We took workshops from professionals and college professors, and sold our work through galleries and craft fairs.
My work became my life and steered me into a spiritual practice that acknowledged my pottery making as my sacred art. My way of life for 40 years now has been the making and selling of pottery and the moment to moment humble thanks for this opportunity.
ABOUT THE PROCESS:
My use of black, red and white glazing reflects a timelessness that I connect with. The Japanese kimono patterns create a theme which mixes with influences from the fine crafts of Africa, Greece, and Native American tribes.
The imagery on my vessels has been individually etched through layers of black and white slips on white stoneware, either on the wheel or by slab construction. they are then glazed with an earthy red glaze and electric fired to a mid-range temperature. A final coat of satin low fire glaze gives the pieces their soft shine. All pieces are food safe and have been fired for strength and durability.