I enjoy working with three dimensional form and also with two dimensional design. Pottery and ceramic sculpture allow me to explore both simultaneously. It is an interesting challenge to fit flat patterns onto the volumes and curves of my pots.
I tried many different methods of decorating my work before settling on the sgraffito technique of carving. Sgraffito involves carving a design through colored clay slip that has been brushed onto the pot. I love carving my designs because it allows me to add depth and texture to the pots’ surface while creating sharply defined images.
I am currently firing my work in a salt kiln. I am drawn to the soft, earthy and often unpredictable surfaces achieved with atmospheric firing. There is something very liberating about painstakingly decorating a pot and then giving it to the kiln to do what it may.