Shapes: The shapes I like best are simple. There is nothing more elegant than a simple Chinese tea bowl with a blue celadon glaze. Traditional Nepalese folk pottery makes use of porous unglazed water jugs which keep water cool and can be tipped to pour without lifting, a lovely, simple, and functional design. These elegant designs are inspiring because they are beautiful to hold and to enjoy, antidotes to the thoughtlessly mass produced, throw-away items in our lives.

 

 

Textures: While I like simple forms, I also enjoy the transformation that happens with applying complex textures and colors. Embossing, etching, and carving techniques have been used by potters for centuries to enhance designs, tell stories or draw pictures. I like to make a surface that is in motion, reflects natural textures, and has depth.

  Glaze and Colors: I am also looking for depth and natural reflection in the glazes I choose. I’d often like my pots to reveal a natural “landscape,” as in the way some slabs of marble look like Chinese paintings. In this quest I have been entranced with the effects of Shino glazes, which can be transformed into amazing “landscapes” or deep smoky patterns by varying the firings, the temperature and humidity, the thickness of the glaze, along with placing the newly glazed pot in the sun, in the wind, in shelter, and brushing, spraying, or otherwise adding to the glaze layer. It is magic. Every kiln load is different. Each piece is unique.
 
I like to think that my personal style is simple, natural, and vibrant with depth of color and meaning.
Fire
Agate
Rocky cliff
Mist
Sea foam
Ice
Snow
Coral