As an artist, I am passionate about archaeology and anthropology, and find my creative works parallel what inspires me. My influences include ancient cultures, spirituality, forensic science, and a love of the mysterious—those questions surrounding cultures, religions, rituals, and people now gone from this earth.
My knowledge of history, interest in culture and the past, and my present emotional state merge as I work in clay, and the sculptural form becomes a vehicle for personal emotional expression and timeless inquiry. Clay, particularly stoneware, connects me to the vast and ancient lineage of artisans whose primary medium was earth. In conversation with such history, I strive to create modern artifacts using the age-old techniques of hand-building, wood firing, and ash glazing.
Each sculpture is truly unique. The process of creation is meditative and spontaneous, and because of the inability to predict natural ash depositing in the wood kiln, there is an element of mystery and randomness to the work that I embrace. That mystery is my connection to the ethereal, and in turn I hope the works connect the viewer to imagined deities, landscapes, and people from long ago.