About My Work
For my clay vessels, I start with a solid piece of clay that I shape on the potter's wheel. I then sculpt, smooth, and polish the entire piece to reveal its true form, 12 different steps in all.
My metal pieces are welded by hand, one piece of steel at a time, until they achieve their form. The clay milieu are shaped, glazed and fired, which creates their unique color combinations. These exclusive pieces are interactive; many of them can be rotated 360, and all of the clay milieu can be turned over, rearranged or swapped out for others.
It all started for me when I took my first pottery class at age 10; thankfully my first pottery teacher let me break away from the rest of the class and pursue my own ideas. If she had not done this, I probably would have lost interest in clay very quickly. Even at a young age I was not content with doing the things that other people were doing, and I did not want to be told what I could and could not do. I wanted to learn for myself what was and was not possible with clay.
Jump forward many years and I'm still the same way! I do not want to do something that someone else has already done; I want my work to be my own, whether it's clay or metal. This is part of the reason I did not go to college and get a degree in art; I had no interest in being told what to do. I wanted to create my own style. I believe this is a large part of why my work is so unique; it was not influenced by anyone else's work. It's just me, in my studio, pushing the limits of what I can do with metal, wood and clay.