My work exists on the threshold between the influence of my conscious hand and the inherent beauty my materials confer on their own. I draw on the language of fine historical craft and functional pottery traditions to imbue familiar useful objects with a sense of wonder evoked by the enigmatic effects of the woodfired kiln. I formulate my own clay bodies and use a variety of decorative techniques including slip textures, rope-impressions, floral brushwork, and carved motifs to adorn the work and allow it to enter into conversation with the fire. My training in woodfiring has offered me the working knowledge to harness the technique to my advantage, and the humility to know that the credit for its aesthetic boons can never be wholly mine; it is an elemental collaboration. The process of woodfiring offers the perfect venue for this dance of intention and chance. With each use I hope my pots encourage their beholders to interrogate the numinous processes involved in bringing them into existence.
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