From early on in my life I’ve always enjoyed making useful objects. Whether I was tinkering with wood, stained glass, or now pottery, the object needed to serve a purpose (thank you Dad). As a member of Clayworks, I never cease to be amazed at the wide range of technical and artistic skills that thrive here. And, many things, just for beauty! Imagine that!
The first class of pottery that I had ever taken was at Clayworks in the fall of 1994. I fell in love with clay immediately. And, with one year of classes under my belt I became a member in the fall of 1995. What a practical art form! If you didn’t like what you had thrown, you smushed it up and started over with the very same material!
My pieces are most always for household use and tend to be styled in the manner of the Arts and Crafts movement or what I imagine to be J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I highly admire lidded objects, covered containers and the like. The precision of two separately thrown pieces, resting together snugly, I so admire.
I’ll end with a shout-out to my Aunt Cecile. Through her presence in my life, and the gifts of crayons, paints, colored pencils, books, reams of colored paper and more throughout my childhood, she helped shape my interest in the arts and continues to elevate our lives with colors and style.