About My Work
I build my pieces with coils. Much of my earlier work references Japanese precedent. In many of my recent forms, I gouge the surface of a simple shape to catch the melted ash from a wood firing.
I credit Peter Callas and Joyce Michaud for help with coil building. I must also thank Roger Baumann, Dan Greenfeld, Sue Kotulak, Kristin Muller, and the Peters Valley School of Craft for firing opportunities at their kilns.
A Personal Journey
"You do nice Japanese folk pottery, but where’s your voice?” In one sentence at the beginning of his Journey Workshop, Steven Hill dismissed ten years of my work.
A bit of background is in order. For forty years as an architect, I managed large public projects. My ten years of “Japanese folk pottery” were under the radar. When asked why I had not further developed some older rectangular pieces, I responded that I expected to hear “So you used to be an architect, and now you do little clay houses.” It was suggested that I ignore the flak, and just push on.
Now the most common question on these "Structural Pieces" concerns function. I often respond with a quote from the sculptor Harry Leigh, who maintains that “The How is the What.” There’s no need for a back story.