First and foremost, I am a potter. I love sitting at my potter’s wheel and creating. There is a certain peace that in inherent in throwing on the wheel that has captivated me.
Each piece starts as a wheel-thrown form. After the pot has hardened to a leather-hard state, I add slab-built pieces, hand alter, carve, pierce and add to the piece. I rely on my numerous years of graphic design experience to create a fluid movement and flow to the piece. I attempt to put the joy and passion I have for clay in to the each piece and like me the pots are whimsical and often off-center.
To finish the pieces, I use the Raku firing process with a copper mat glaze as a dominate base. I am drawn to this firing technique because of its earthy feel, its immediacy and its serendipitous nature.
Education: B.F.A. in Photography, University of Bridgeport, 1979
I have worked as a Graphic Designer since 1989 until present
Pottery experience. Began at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park Florida. Continued at Valencia Community College. I have taken numerous workshops including, Paul Soldner, Steven Hill, Lana Wilson, Pete Pinell, Ed Risak (whom I learn copper mat Raku from), Peter Voulkos and many more.
I am currently an adjunct professor of ceramics at Valencia College.
I participate in outdoor art festival including: Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival; Gasparilla Art Festival in Tampa, FL; Coconut Grove Art Festival, Miami, FL, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL: St. James Court, Louisville, KY; Disney’s Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL and more.
I have received numerous awards including, best of show-3D in the Maitland Spring Art Festival (two years in a row), Awards of Excellence / 1st place in Category, at Deland Fall Festival of the Arts, Osceola Festival of Arts, Mayfaire By the Lake, Lakeland., Maitland Rotary Fall Art Festival, as well as awards at Ocala Festival of the Art, Mainsail Art Festival, St. Petersburg, FL. Gasparilla Art Festival, Winter Park Autumn Art Festival, Ft. Myers Art Festival and more.