I am a ceramic artist working in up-state New York. After earning a degree in the Fine Arts I have spent the last 12 years studying and learning about pottery and ceramics, with the last 8 specific to wood-firing clay. In 2009 I built a community wood kiln I currently fire my work in. I have always been an object maker, and explored different materials with art and function in mind. For me the discovery of clay and its soul moved me to become a fuller person. Fire, earth, water and air are the elements that I am lucky enough to shape when making my art. A potters job I believe is to make people drive slower, eat better, listen longer and become more aware of what is happening in the present around them. My hope for my pieces is that they will find there way into peoples homes and their use will encourage people to search for beauty and contentment.
Making new work is always a reflection of objects that have been unloaded out of past wood-firings. These experiences of making, firing and unloading have helped me appreciate the systems that exist that allow us to walk around on this fired orb. There is beauty and violence on a scale that our eyes behold everyday, and there is beauty and violence beyond our proximity that we cannot see. I feel like the kiln is looking glass helping me see further past my proximity.