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I came to ceramics late in life, in my 50s, following a 20-year career as a computer chip design engineer in the computer graphics industry (working for companies such as Pixar, Silicon Graphics, and nVidia.) It all started with a raku class, an homage to my recently deceased mother, a lifelong potter. I found working with clay to be a cathartic experience - working with my hands in this medium resonates at some deep unconscious level.
This work merges my engineering and artistic sensibilities. My continued passion with the medium is stimulated by the exploration of design, process, form, pattern, and the myriad levels of problem solving that are intrinsic to my work. I am drawn to simple minimalistic archetypal forms that reflect the geometries of nature. Weathered stones are a central inspiration for me. These perfect forms emerge through the planetary process of plate tectonics where cooling magma from deep in the earth is brought to the surface and subjected to the physics of erosion over eons. These rounded shapes can be seen on any beach, in any streambed. Echoes of this timeless progression reverberate in my work.
My approach is very much material and process oriented. Early on I was attracted to the technical challenge and aesthetic possibilities of working with soluble metal salts on unglazed clay. These "watercolors" penetrate the bisque-fired clay and become an integral part of the material after firing. I am attracted to intricate abstract patterns that can't be comprehended at a single glance, inviting in-depth exploration. My rounded forms are designed to be held in one's hands, and when set on a flat surface, gently rock before coming to rest at their own natural balance point.
relational forms - 2018, opalescent, translucent, and reactive glass
Three closed forms - burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts - largest 6.5"h x 23" w
Two vessels - burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts - largest 8"h x 10"w
concave form - 2018, translucent and reactive glass
two vessels - 2016, translucent low-fire porcelain, soluble metal salts
Vessel - burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts (gold, cobalt, chromium) - 8"h x 10"w
Vessel - burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts - 8.5"h x 10" w
Two vessels - translucent low-fire porcelain, soluble metal salts - 8.5" dia
Five wall mounted forms - burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts - largest 5"h x 23"w
Two vessels - burnished earthenware, soluble metal salts - largest 7"h x 7.5" w
I am delighted and honored to be invited as a finalist in Bullseye Projects tenth biennial competition: Emerge 2018, highlighting emerging artists in the world of kiln-formed glass. Looking forward to my first glass exhibition!
Opening: June 23, 2018, at Bullseye Projects, Portland, Oregon, USA.
Very happy to be selected to participate in the Latvian International Ceramics Biennale exhibition, part of the celebration for the centenary of the Latvian state. This competition is dedicated to the Latvian ceramist Peteris Martinsons. One hundred works were selected from 395 entries from 58 countries...
The Clay Studio National is a biannual juried exhibition showcasing contemporary ceramic art being made in the United States. The exhibition will highlight a diverse range of work, from functional to sculptural, and from traditional production techniques to cutting edge manufacturing technology. Esteemed juror Beth Ann Gerstein is the Executive Director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
The Clay Studio is located at 139 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
My Lucent Series Vessel as been accepted into the American Museum of Ceramic Art's first Biennial - Fahrenheit 2018 . This ceramics competition was juried by legendary sculptor Patti Warashina - very happy to be part of this exhbition!
Opening: March 10, 2018, from 6-9pm, at AMOCA in Pomona California, USA.