it's been a year of noise - visual, social, and political.
while my forms have remained simple the surfaces have responded by becoming more complex and the colors quieter.
I have been working in clay for more than 25 years. The work has evolved from purely utilitarian porcelain thrown on the wheel to handbuilt clay for the wall and table. Each stage of development has prepared me for the next. This exploration of color and surface treatment keeps me walking into my studio every day.
I don't use many tools, my work is simple and methods uncomplicated. I use a very groggy stoneware that accommodates multiple firings. Once in awhile I may sneak some porcelain in my making! I layer many slips, I scrape, cut, add to the piece before it heads to the kiln.
My textures, brushwork and color combinations are influenced by the tribal art and architecture of West Africa. These often ancient designs are spare and complex, functional and beautiful.