My pottery incorporates the technique of Sgraffito as well as traditional glazing, and reflects my deep interest in prehistoric Native American pottery from the Southwestern United States where I was raised.
For my Sgrafitto work, I hand-build a pot and then, when it is leather hard, I coat the surface with multiple layers of ceramic underglaze. I then carve designs into the surface of the pot, scraping off the underglaze to reveal the clay body underneath. I bisque fire the piece, then typically glaze the inner surface with a traditional ceramic glaze and do a final cone 6 firing.
My art training began just before college, when I took a gap year to explore Europe on a bicycle. I spent several months exploring the British Isles before traveling to Italy, where I paused in Florence for six weeks. During this period I wandered the art museums and began sketching the sculpture that peppers the galleries and city plazas. I returned to the United States and, after riding the bike back to Arizona, enrolled as an art student at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
My primary area of focus as a BFA student was printmaking and painting. I did, however, study the designs of Mimbres pottery during long sessions in the vaults at the Arizona State Museum.
I pursued a career in law and business following graduate school in California, but continued to pursue artistic activities as time allowed. I now live and work in Denver, Colorado.
In 2017 I began working in ceramics, and fell in love with the material and rich tradition of pottery making. I’ve drawn on my experiences in Arizona to incorporate elements from Native American ceramics – particularly Hohokam and Mimbres pottery – but as I explore different ceramic traditions through research for my blog I find additional sources of inspiration that I incorporate into my personal work.
Through this site I hope to share some of the richness of ceramics produced across time and around the world.
I welcome any of your thoughts and comments. Please contact me via the Contact page or through a comment on my Blog.