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I have been working in clay for over forty years. My main interest is functional pottery, and all of my work is based on functional forms. I am also very interested in surface texture, which I create by carving, faceting, and impressing. I look for glazes that enhance these surfaces. Some of my influences are the patterns that occur in nature and in Art Deco style. Most of my work is wheel-thrown, and I often alter it in the leather-hard state. The pieces are high-fired, either in oxidation or in salt reduction. I like the constraint created by the need for the work to be functional, and I enjoy working out the challenges that function can present. I try to make objects of quiet beauty that are pleasing to use. This leads me toward refined forms and glazes that are easy on the eye. I particularly like the idea of people using and enjoying my pots in their everyday lives. My work evolves slowly, because I like to pursue ideas thoroughly. On the other hand, I also like to inject new ideas from classes, workshops, and observation. One of the wonderful things about clay is that there is always so much more to learn.