I’m a potter, working in my home studio in Southeastern Pennsylvania, making small batches of wheel thrown and hand built stoneware that is functional as well as decorative. I’m a retired graphic and web design art teacher, and, over the years, I’ve also taught pottery, sculpture, drawing, photography, and painting. A personal interest in African and Asian artwork influences my work. I usually make pottery during the spring, summer, and fall months, since my studio is outside; the kiln is housed in a shed a short distance from the studio.
I work with three types of mid-fire stoneware clay: speckled brown, dark brown, and white clay bodies. While mostly wheel thrown, some work is hand-built, depending on the nature of the piece. All ware is then air dried for several days and then bisque fired (first firing) in an electric kiln. After bisque firing is complete, pieces are glazed by a hand dipping process, or hand-brushed. After the glazing application is complete, each piece is glaze fired (second firing). When the glaze firing is complete, each piece is sanded to assure a smooth surface.