Having admired pottery done by others for many years, I decided to take a class at Clayworks in 2004. I immediately knew that I had found a niche for some of my artistic talents and took several more classes. Eventually, I applied for membership and was accepted as a member of the Claywork's Pottery Cooperative.
I became inspired and influenced by many different members at Clayworks. Many of the members have very unique skills in either working on the wheel, hand building and/or other forms of artistic expressions in clay.
There is a unique and exciting feeling in making a work of art-- starting with a lump of clay. Creating a piece of art on the pottery wheel is just the beginning of that piece's journey. It must still be dried, bisque fired, glazed and fired again. There's a special satisfaction in seeing one's piece of art from beginning to end.
I tend to like functional pieces of pottery, pieces that can be used by the owner in one fashion or another. I also tend to like Shaker inspiredpieces that are simplistic in their design. I enjoy creating potterythat can bring some artistic value to everyday use. However, as I've become a more experienced potter, I've also created some pieces solely for their artistic value. I hope to continue making both functional and artistic pieces in the future.