Each piece is formed on the potter's wheel. When it is partially dried and firm enough to handle without damaging, the decoration is applied. Leaves are rolled onto a very thin slab of clay, cut around the perimeter, and attached to the surface of the pot. The edges are finished with a variety of tools. The leaves are left in place to burn away during the first firing. Before the glaze is applied, a wash of Copper Carbonate goes onto the leaf impressions to pick up the texture, and impart a green tone to the glaze.
Graduated with a BA in Ceramic Arts from Bennington College in Bennington, Vt. As a part of her degree work she studied in Tajimi, Japan. She has been living in Deerfield MA creating functional and decorative stoneware pottery, and the occasional sculptural piece since 1979.
As a production potter, I'm absorbed in a repetition of gesture and activity, the rhythms of the process. The pottery that emerges is certainly an expression of my creative effort, style and intention, but it is also a reflection of the process. I feel what I do is a part of a stream which brings together natural materials, technology, most ancient and modern, and the warmth of human touch in each piece. I apply my accumulated skills influences and vision, then consign the work to the fire. I love the thrill of opening the kiln to find how the pots have "come out".See more at www.11southgallery.com
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots