My creative process does not start with an idea or concept. I start by making forms and manipulating them in different ways. This exercise allows me to explore various shapes and lines and find a composition that sparks my creativity. I playfully build a body of work and then study the pieces to try and understand what is happening. My concept evolves out of this study.
Much of my recent work reflects the voluptuous curves of the human body. I try to create a tension between soft bulging forms and lines and angles impressed in the vessels. I explore how straight lines and angles manipulate the form. This tension references how the skin of the human body reacts to movement of joints and muscles. I use the repetition of line to create patterns that relate to the movement of the surface and help balance the vessel. Adding additional elements to the vessels, such as finger like appendages, develops a more comfortable relationship between the vessel and the user. I make functional vessels because the idea of someone actually using it completes the process for me. I take great pleasure in using my hands to create, form, and fire the material so that it will be put into service and enjoyed by someone else. When I look at my work, and think about the process of creating it, I learn more about myself.