What started out years ago as a relaxing one-night-a-week diversion has gradually commandeered almost all my free time. I started taking pottery classes at the Clayworks studio at Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, NY. After several years at Clayworks, I now work out of my own basement studio. I’ve sought more advanced instruction such as an intensive workshop in saggar and raku technique by Charlie and Linda Riggs and a raku class taught by Ramon Camarillo.
While working almost exclusively with wheel-thrown forms, I’ve been exploring various carving and deformation techniques. In particular, lately I’ve been exploring “church key” patterns, inspired by the wonderful work of Ken Standhardt.
My early pieces were utilitarian glazed items but my work is evolving into more decorative and artistic forms as I explore the possibilities of carving, Raku, and glazes.
My commitment to my craft and artistry continues to grow as the ebb and flow of family and job responsibilities allow. Meanwhile, I remain a part-time potter until I retire from my full-time job, at which time I will devote all my attention to this increasingly demanding side-line.
Most people have no way of knowing how much work goes into making hand-crafted pottery. Have a look at this brief video for a light-hearted glimpse of some of the many steps a potter invests in creating something as simple as a coffee mug.
Sample Of Items For Sale
In addition to showing at occasional arts and crafts shows, I offer selected works for sale at my Web shop at http://natureofclay.etsy.com.
I also have more pottery pictures on my Flickr site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/natureofclay/.
I occasionally receive queries about custom orders. I am flattered that someone likes my work enough that they would like me to create something special for them. However, I can not accommodate custom orders, at least for now. Currently I have limited time to devote to my pottery work and it is all I can do to keep up with my own explorations and the very gratifying reception at crafts shows and online sales. I’m sure you understand.