It was spring of 2004 when I first saw her. Seated amongst the audience, I was entranced, hanging on her every word as she chronicled her journey as a clay artist. As I think back to that day, can I recall the details of her story? Not in the least but what comes to mind … Continue reading About Friendship, a Volcanic Eruption, and a Bit of Destiny.
40 CUPS PROJECT was an endeavor to help artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. All net proceeds from the sales of these cups were matched dollar for dollar by a donor (who chose to remain anonymous) and were donated towards artist relief. Together we raised $5000 for CERFplus. Story behind this project: Early … Continue reading The 40 Cups Project
Yes I am first and foremost a potter but when I am not in my studio making work, chances are I am in my kitchen baking cakes, brownies and all things chocolate. In fact right at this moment, the aroma of biscottis baking in the oven is wafting out of the kitchen, filling the … Continue reading It’s all about chemistry!
For me, summer is designated playtime in the studio. A time to experiment, explore, learn and grow. Every year my summer explorations have made me go down a different path. From making whimsical teapots to exploring the salt and pepper shakers to learning to lithotransfer on clay, my summers have been a time of … Continue reading Pounding Rocks!
Carving has been the hallmark of my work for some years now. What began as mere marks to identify my lumpy beginner bisque fired pieces on a community shelf morphed into an all-consuming passion. I carved pieces within an inch of their lives. Cramped fingers, sore shoulders and strained eyes was a little price … Continue reading The Only Thing Constant in Life is Change
The 25th annual Texas Clay Festival is coming up in less than two weeks!!! OCTOBER 28th & 29th For those of you who are familiar with my work, you might notice a dramatic change in my style this year. I have been having a lot of fun in the studio making these tea bowls and … Continue reading Texas Clay Festival 2017
You put a slice of white bread in the toaster hoping for a lovely golden toast that you plan to slather with butter. A perfect treat on a rainy Saturday evening. As you are laying the table, pausing to choose the perfect cup for the hot chocolate that accompanies your toast, a very unpleasant smell starts … Continue reading Burnt Toast!
The other day when I was sweeping up the ashes from my fireplace, I paused to look at the benign powdery stuff in my dust pan with wonder. For wasn’t it this ash (which I was in the process of sweeping away) that created those interesting, unreplicable surfaces on the wood fired pots that I so loved? … Continue reading Ashes From the Fireplace…
I will be hosting a hands on carving workshop at my studio, in Round Rock, on April 22nd, 2017. The focus of this year's workshop will be "SGRAFFITO" Sgraffito: A form of decoration made by scratching through a surface of slip to reveal a lower layer of a contrasting color. Details of the Workshop... Date: Saturday, … Continue reading Carving Workshop 2017
Tea bowls, wheel thrown, faceted, sprayed with multiple glazes, cone 6 Oxidation. A few years ago I was showing my work at my favorite art show, the Texas Clay Festival. As people walked into my booth and handled my pots, the single most common question asked was, “How are you firing your work? This is … Continue reading Achieving Reduction Like Look with Cone 6 Oxidation!