I threw my first pot on the wheel in 1983 while studying art at MSSU. I then worked as a full-time production potter for 13 years, many of which were spent in the pottery shop
at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO.
After many years evolving as a sculptor, producing wheelthrown, functional pottery is again part of my professional portfolio. While there is a curious mystique to the fired clay figures I sculpt, there is something very satisfying about the utilitarian nature of pottery and its integration into our daily routine.
I purposely incorporate a number of characteristics and narrative elements into my sculptures to tell a story that varies depending on the viewer. By contrast, I produce functional pottery that people pick up and use everyday without thinking. It is my intent to make these pieces so useable and ergonomically friendly that people incorporate them into their daily lives instinctively.
All utilitarian ware I produce is made of stoneware, porcelain, or a combination of the two clay body types. The beautiful glazes are lead-free and fired to a temperature of over 2200 degrees, a point at which the clay bodies I work with become vitreous (non-porous) in the kiln, rendering them safe for the microwave, dishwasher, and oven.
New work from 2015
These are a tiny handful of works from this past year. To see more new work from 2015, click on the highlighted image below.
The following page links are specific categories featuring some examples of my pottery: