I have been a studio potter since1990, starting at Mudflat Pottery Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts and now in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. My work is heavily influenced by my life spent as a musician, where, among other lessons, I took to heart the way the great jazz innovators continued to push into new territory, took artistic and commercial risks, and stretched their mediums’ boundaries. I have tried to bring this sense of experimentation and innovation to my work as a ceramic artist.
My current work is mostly wood-fired stoneware that has been thrown and then stretched. The pieces are shaped from the inside only which creates the cracked and pitted surfaces. The work is unglazed outside, the color variations come from the placing in the kiln, the type of wood used, the length of the firing, atmosphere in the kiln and the grace of the kiln gods.