For me the art of making is a collaboration between the clay and myself. My most satisfying making experiences are when I allow an idea to manifest itself through the making process. Some of my strongest pieces are a result of problem solving when things don’t go as planned. My work focuses on simple forms that are sensual and evoke a strong, raw beauty. Often inspired by the curve of the human torso, I also draw on my love of hiking and nature to inspire my work.
My stoneware vessels are both wheel thrown and hand built then fired in oxidation or Raku. I like the speed and the one-of-a-kind nature of Raku firing and believe fire is the ultimate collaborator. Fire is the magic. With a few exceptions, I do not try to replicate pieces in production. Each piece is unique. The best compliment I could receive is if a stranger, after picking up my work and considering it carefully, proceeded to say, “This resonates with me.” In the end, I hope to give the clay a voice that resonates.
#5 Inner Piece Ceramics
4724 Nashwood Lane