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I’m a potter and painter living in West Seattle. My love of ceramics started in the 70’s, but, because I had been living in Italy for many years, have only had the chance to work continuously in clay for the last 10 years. My work is simple and functional, made to be picked up and used. I work with low fire and mid-range clay bodies with designs that try to integrate with the form and express some of the motifs I find interesting in painting. I teach and have studio space in Burien, WA.
It always amazes me that handmade pottery is still thriving in the 21st century. But people still seem to like the idea of eating, drinking and decorating their homes with products that come from an actual pair of hands as opposed to a soulless machine in some distant sweatshop. I’d like to make some profound connection between my work and the cycle of nature or my inner spiritual connection with some mysterious force, but, in truth, it has more to do with the feel of the materials in my hands, the excitement of the process, and the technology that’s gone into making contemporary pottery so versatile and spontaneous. The colors of the glazes, the heat of the fire and the sharpness of the tools are the things that intrigue me most. I’m not sure exactly why that is, but I’m thankful they do. I love making pottery exactly for that reason – I just love making pottery.