My love of ceramics began in my sophomore year in high school. I took ceramics 1-2 and became addicted to the medium. After the class ended I decided I wanted to set up a home studio in my family’s garage. The first thing I needed was a potter’s wheel. I saved money from babysitting and birthdays to buy a 30-year-old used electric wheel and a slab roller. I continued to take classes at my high school and am currently enrolled in a class run by a ceramic’s artist in my community.
In my first class, I was inspired by Leroy Neman (1921-2012), an artist who used bursts of color whether painting an Olympic propaganda poster or a cheetah waiting for its prey. I liked how the lines were blurred and the colors overlapping. This artist has influenced my free style glaze work. The form and structure of my pieces are inspired by nature.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau
Don’t look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. — Constantin Brancusi
The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves. — Willem de Kooning