that have personal meaning and value improves the quality of life. Particularly important to me is the use of handmade tableware: in our culture today meals are all too commonly eaten in front of the TV, in the car and on the run. A meal carefully prepared and thoughtfully presented on handmade dishes is a nurturing ritual that builds family and community. When I am making pots it is of primary importance to me that they be totally functional and comfortable for daily use. I work for simple forms that have elegance in line and grace in balance without appearing fragile. My carved decoration is based on a lifelong close observation of nature, as well as the mismatched contents of the family china cabinet and my mother’s collection of quilting calicoes. I fire my pots in atmospheric kilns, which gives them a special warmth as well as spontaneous decoration of the surface as the flame and atmosphere respond to the shape of each pot and its placement in the kiln. I want my pots to be approachable, and to find a meaningful place in the owners’ everyday life.
I believe that functional art creates a connection between
maker and user that gives everyday objects a special intimacy and
importance; that a considered existence peopled with useful objects