I was 5 years old when I first touched clay and immediately fell in love. Clay is a very immediate and plastic medium that allows me to fully express my feelings and emotions. The clay absorbs and then reflects what is going on for me, as in most art; ceramics allows me to see how I am feeling. By combining texture, applied bumps, cut out windows and the graphic quality of sgraffito, I can turn ideas into forms that are a direct link to my inner landscape.
Sgraffito is a technique of carving through a black slip/glaze, revealing the clay underneath. I use either a very small loop tool which results in a very fine line or a larger tool, which gives me bold, wide lines. Since I am hand throwing porcelain, the lines appear white. Sgraffito is a great way to “draw” on clay.
I love to formulate new, textured glazes. My Lava glaze was inspired by being in Hawaii on the fresh lava flows. I have also created one called Ice Flow, featuring a beautiful white, ice like pattern over black. This is a very popular glaze with collectors.
My business is evolving as my work continues to grow and change. I am constanly drawing and thnking about new forms, new glazes and combining shapes. I sell my work at mostly local art fairs in the San Francisco Bay Area, such as the prestigious Sausalito Art Fair and The American Craft Councils shows. My work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Arts Monthly, and recently American Craft Magazine.