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