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My clay studio is a working atelier, with numerous Handmade Sculptural Ceramics and Custom Sculptural Ceramics projects going on at any given time. Large scale vessels, clay sculpture, tile murals, and functional pots are all made in this part of my studio.
I am interested in pottery that make connections to the human figure. The figurative analogies used to describe pots throughout history all, in some way, invite touch. The pots that I respond to all speak of a clear, direct sense of the hand. The hand is celebrated in the work by its maker, whether it is that of a fifteenth-century rural potter or a nineteenth-century court artisan. And it becomes a necessary tool for the user in understanding the relationship of the object to its function, and subsequently, to how that object informs ones life.
Though most of my work only alludes to function, I use the pot context because of its immense possibilities for abstraction. The skin of the clay holds the invisible interior of the vessel. How I manipulate my forms “around” that air, constraining it, enclosing it, or letting it expand and swell, can allow analogy and metaphor to enter into the work.
I want my work to provoke image to the viewer, to suggest something that is just on the other side of consciousness. I don’t want my pots to conjure up a singular recollection, but ones that change with each glance, with each change of light. I use surfaces that purposely encourage touch, and by inviting the hand to explore the forms as well as the eye, I hope to provoke numerous memories, recollections that have the potential to change from moment to moment.
My studio is located on three acres in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in an 8000 square foot chicken coop. The coop took two years to renovate, and I’ve been working here since 1984. My facilities include a showroom and gallery area, sculpture studio, tile studio, glaze room, packing room, indoor kiln facility, outdoor wood kiln area, and a loft-style living space. I have two large gas-reduction kilns, two large electric kilns, and an anagama wood kiln. Each spring and fall I make a group of tea bowls to fire in my wood kiln. I set aside twenty pieces from each firing to sell through the internet. My next firing is in May of 2016, with the unloading on June 9. Images will be posted shortly thereafter.
If you are interested in a tea bowl, let me know so I can put you on the wait list. Tea bowls are $150 each.
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