My work is fresh…

A fusion of clean lines, organic shapes and a palette that is simply Delicious.   I am drawn to the simple functionality for which the mid-century Scandinavian designers became well recognized.   As work is in progress it’s gratifying to imagine how food or flowers will be presented and how they’ll fit into a person’s living space.   

 
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A white low-fire clay body is my preference…

It’s clean and consistent and I’m more passionate about composition and color than heatwork.   Most work is traditional slab but I do like to combine processes including hand building and casting.  Several layers of pigments are hand applied and burnished in both bisque and final firings building a dreamy, tactile finish that begs to be touched!   

 
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It’s easy to be inspired by what we appreciate…  

I marvel at the miracle of Creation, fascinated by the perfect order of growing things.   I often examine the ordinary with a magnifying glass and discover an intricate world of design that may have been missed otherwise.  I lean toward striking color combinations, stylized botanicals and a bit of free form pencil scribbling.   

 
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My favorite tools…

Currently, my favorite tools are some large pillow basalt rocks scavenged from the debris of a broken ice dam on Mt. Hood.  The rocks serve as base forms for wonderfully odd and lovely vessels, each unique. I thoroughly enjoy the process, always curious about who will end up taking them home.

 

 
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My home and studio are located
in Hood River, Oregon.

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