My ceramic pieces begin with a lump of clay. I form it by hand on a potter's wheel, then manipulate it with an artistic and whimsical eye. It is decorated with colored “slip” and glaze. Pieces are then fired in my gas-fired salt kiln that I built in Shannondale, West Virginia. I am awed by nature and inspired by the organic quality of the work that is produced from this kiln. I love making functional forms: bowls, vases, cups, and plates. I often use animal forms as my inspiration. I like knowing that someone enjoys their morning coffee from one of my mugs.
I also make garden ornaments, again usually based on animal and plant forms. I am an avid gardener and have always enjoyed decorating my garden just as I do my home. The birds are painted with designs based on the head-markings of actual birds. The salt-fired surface of these pieces is especially at home in the landscape.
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