"I have been a ceramist since the mid 1970’s, and have focused solely on slab-building to create my forms. My forms range from basic simple shapes to the more sculptural and are determined by considerations of function. For my surface decoration I take different approaches. I use patterning, minimalist figurative, or a more kinetic graphic with implied movement. In some designs I incorporate a combination of these approaches.
My inspirations are many and varied – music, stories, architecture, weaving – I settle on a combination of minimalist simplicity and a bit of intrigue. I am drawn to both the quiet and the engaging."
TECHNIQUE My pieces are slab-built with stoneware clay. The clay is first rolled out into flat sheets or ‘slabs’. As the slabs begin to dry and stiffen somewhat, I cut them into the desired sizes and join them together to form the piece. I dry the finished piece very slowly and then fire it in a low temperature ‘bisque’ firing.
Once bisqued, I decorate the pieces with clay slips – a mixture of powdered clay,metallic oxides, and water. I also use underglaze pencil and sgraffito. Sgraffito is the technique of using a needle tool to scratch through the slip to create a sharp line which is the color of the clay body. After completing the decoration, I fire the piece to cone 4 in an electric kiln.
CLAY BODIES I make and use two different clay bodies. One is vitreous and will hold water and the other is more porous and will not. I put a sticker – ‘for dry use’ – on all vase and bottle forms that will not hold water.
We have clocks, vases, tiles, lamps and small boxes at Salmon Falls Gallery.
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots