Black Tree Studio
I’ve been a professional artist all my life. My pottery embodies my training as a fine artist, my attraction to printmaking, painting, and sculpture, plus my interests in American Regionalist art, Dada, and art from ancient cultures.
I love the medium of clay. Its “organic” nature allows me to explore its texture, color, and malleability. As an artist and potter I want the clay to show evidence of my working hand, and to experience its response as I work throwing, slapping, rolling, and sculpting it. I use hand building and wheel throwing techniques, combining different clays to create lines, patterns, and textures that reflect gestures of hand. I respect the technical challenges of clay as a medium, and the physical process of kiln firing, I enjoy also the challenge of pushing pottery making “traditions” by experimenting with materials, techniques, and firing. I glaze sparingly highlighting the beauty of the clay and my marks of hand. I prefer glazes that respond to the texture and material make up of the clay.
Although my pottery is functional (to be part of daily life) with deliberate design characteristics (like my crucibles, and wrapped bowls), each work is one-of-a-kind, organic, and distinctively modern.