I grew up in the Blackstone River Valley in Massachusetts. I’ve always lived by water, on the river, vacations at Cape Cod with a collection of shells, and camping on lakes. The natural world has always been a part of my life and continues to inspire me to carve away at my pots, like a river wearing away at the earth, winding its way through the land.
I went to College at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, a picturesque city, imitating a small town, set on a peninsula. Afterwards I went up the coast and was a resident at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Back to the Blackstone Valley, and now in the Boston area, I have a studio at Feet of Clay in Brookline, MA.
For me, carving is meditation as much as it is design. I lose track of time and have to remind myself to take breaks to stretch.
Each pot comes out different and tells its own winding, flowing tale through its textures.
I do not glaze most of my pottery on the outside. I do this for a few reasons. First, I want to keep us as close to the texture as possible to be able to enjoy its tactility. Secondly, I want to keep the pots as closely connected to the earth and clay they are made from. On the inside I glaze so that the vessels are drink and food safe so that they can be used.
The wood fired pottery has some glaze out the outside since the wood ash turns to glaze at high temperatures. The direction of the flame leaves its mark and enhances the depth of the carving. This is also true for the soda fired pottery. Instead of ash, the soda solution sprayed into the kiln towards the end of the firing creates a glassy surface in some areas. These pots are made from stoneware and porcelain.
The more brightly colored pottery is terracotta, also known as brick clay. The outside of these pots are painted with a fine particle clay slip called terrasigillata. This same material was used by many ancient cultures instead of glaze, including the Native Americans. The terrasigillata is applied in layers, and the pots are buffed firmly with a soft cloth between layers to produce a light sheen and waxy, soft feel that is pleasant to touch.
Information & Care Instructions
- No toxic materials such as lead or cadmium
- Microwave & Dishwasher safe
- Gets very hot in microwave
- Do not subject to any extreme temperature changes
- Do not use on stovetop
- Oven use: must preheat with pot in oven
- Crackled glazes may stain with use, to remove soak with a teaspoon of bleach with water