I have had my hands in clay since the early 1970’s. It seems that once I touched it, I just couldn’t put it down. This creative interest and love of clay has lead to a lifetime of making and selling pottery.
The focus of my work has been functional kitchenware. I consider myself a production potter, although each piece is uniquely individual. I hand-throw each piece on the potter’s wheel, constantly varying shapes. I free-hand carve decorative patterns on the surface using a variety of wood, metal and plastic hand tools.
I use a clay rich in iron because I love the deep earthy brown color and texture of the raw unglazed clay. I finish each piece by glazing around the carved decoration, leaving the carved portion of the piece in the raw clay.
The kiln is fired to 2380' (f) with propane. Each piece is food safe, durable and useful.
Originally from San Diego, California, I lived for 20 years on the southern Oregon coast, where I opened and ran Laurel Grove Pottery Studio and Gallery (1996-2006).
Presently, I live and work from my rural mountain home in southwestern Washington.
I open my studio on special occasions and by appointment.
All of the pottery is durable and useful. It is intended for kitchen/table use and is lead-free. It can go in the dishwasher, microwave and oven to 350'. Allow the pottery to preheat with the oven when baking. Never use on stove top burner.
Find my work in galleries and gift shops in Washington and Oregon or at one of the many juried art and craft shows I participate in each year.