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about the artist

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There’s a meandering exploration with the kinds of work I do with clay.  My functional work: wheel thrown teapots, teacups, bowls, dinnerware……has both an aesthetic and a practical concern. A contented relationship between user and object is paramount. Thus, the fit of a cup’s handle to the hand, the pour of a spout, fit of a lid , heft of a plate coupled with elegance of form  are my concerns.

At a certain point in making functional work, my attention inevitably moves toward alteration, experimentation with surface and form.While the chase for a form remains ,a spirit of generosity and allowance begins.The importance of function becomes secondary to form ,playfulness, surface, mystery, fun. I may explore a shape for awhile until this too gives way to the more formal investigation of content and form together which , for me, is sculpture.

For me, sculpture has a poetic, essential concern. If my work can spark a moment of active imagination in the viewer then I feel successful. If I can create a deepened experience of mystery then, I’m starting to do my job.

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