My first memories of clay are from Historic Cold Spring Village in New Jersey. Demonstrators threw pots on an old kick wheel while telling visitors how pottery was made during colonial times. The process fascinated me but it wasn’t until 2014 when I lived near Mudville Pottery in Somerville that I would finally get to try my hand at ceramics. I have been working in clay ever since and now have a studio space at Mudflat Pottery in East Somerville and am a member of their tech staff. I show my work twice a year at Mudflat’s open studio sales as well as in private shows for family and friends. I am also part of the wood firing community at the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s wood kiln in Sharon New Hampshire.
My work is functional, decorative and meant to be used, whether for food, flowers or plants. I work primarily in stoneware clay and utilize a range of decorative techniques including layered slips, paddling and glazing with wax resist.
For me making pottery is both deeply personal and communal. The daily routine of throwing, glazing and firing ware is intensely individualistic and often solitary. The finished work on the other hand creates a community of people who appreciate handmade objects. The pursuit of making pots that are personally expressive and widely appreciated is both the challenge and reward that propels my craft. My work is functional, decorative and meant to be used and enjoyed. Stop by during open studios and join our community!
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