“My main focus in these ceramic pieces is to reveal the beauty of gestural forms in clay by contrasting those forms with more controlled elements.
“The pieces usually start with a wheel-thrown base. I build from this traditional form, adding clay sections, some colored with oxides, to create passages of surface interest. I often carve and subtract clay or add other wheel-thrown elements to support the formal and decorative contrasts in shape, color and surface. Because I was trained as a painter, I use the clay in a painterly way. The studied, controlled elements, which can be seen as rational and measured, play against more spontaneous, less consciously manipulated marks and shapes.”