Since 1973, I have worked with various firing temperatures which has allowed me to explore the amazing nature of clay in regard to form and surface decoration.
In 2000, with the help of generous potters, I was introduced to the ancient firing technique of woodfire in an Anagama kiln. The ultimate reward for me has been not the resulting pottery or sculpture, but the sense of community which surrounds the various kiln sites in the Pacific Northwest.
While I work mostly in mid-range porcelain clay (2200° Fahrenheit) and fire in a digitally controlled electric kiln, I take time to experiment with several high temperature stoneware and porcelain clay bodies, and when invited to an Anagama firing, strive to make specific work for each kiln.
Electric firing allows me to control not just the glaze colors, but also the designs, as most of my pieces are airbrushed with underglazes. The results are crisp images in vibrant, neon colors. This work is often mistaken for glass.
Woodfire is about letting go of control: letting the clay come alive, often without glaze, and allowing the flame and wood ash to make their marks.
Both techniques seem so opposite, yet I feel what I learn about form and surface in each process -- both in electric firings and in woodfire -- brings new energy to the clay and greater enthusiasm to my work.
Thank you for visiting my site! For more information or to purchase work, please contact me. Below is a list of my Upcoming Events.
UPCOMING EVENTS • 2017
Art in the Pearl Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2 - 4 , 2017 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday (September 2nd & 3rd) 10am-5pm on Monday (September 4th, 2017) Booth SO61
Art In The Pearl®, Portland Oregon’s annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, occurs every year on Labor Day weekend. The 21st annual festival will be held in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. The Festival is FREE and requires NO TICKETS for entry. Art In The Pearl has been named one of the top 10 Arts and Crafts Festivals in the country. Our festival fills the Northwest Portland Park blocks with art, theater, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages.
Local 14 September 28 - October 1, 2017 Left Bank Annex, Portland OR http://www.local14.org/
Sitka Art Invitational 2017 November 4 and 5, 2017 Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 4pm Miller Hall, World Forestry Center Near the Oregon Zoo 4033 SW Canyon Road Portland, Oregon http://www.sitkacenter.com/4-1-12.html
The Shape of Things (with Sue-Del McColloch) October 3 -October 29, 2017 Preview, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5-8pm First Thursday opening, Thursday, Oct 5, 5-8pm Waterstone Gallery http://www.waterstonegallery.com/