Artist Statement

My work is high fired porcelain, hand thrown, with layered glazes.  The forms are simple and organic. They are the result of constant refinement -- the simple that lies beyond complex. I strive to give the pots a breath inside, and the kind of life that makes them reveal new things to the perceptive viewer as his or her vision deepens. I always try to hide my hand, so it seems as if the pot just appeared out of the depths of the universe. 

‚ÄčI began making pots in 1968 while working toward a Ph.D. in Mathematics. A chance meeting with pottery, and I became inspired. That inspiration has lasted my whole career, enhanced by moving to a meditation community in 1978, and by a deep study of historical and traditional pottery.

All of the glazes I use are of my own formulation, and mostly of the crystalline variety. My glazes have continually evolved since 1968, the result of over 30 thousand glaze tests. I brush the glazes in micro-thin layers and build up the correct thickness with many coats.  I find that just two-thousandths of an inch in glaze thickness can make the difference between a glaze that works and one that doesn't.  

I make the pots I love to make. I continue to be inspired and informed by historical pottery, by a fascination with the micro- and macro-universes, and by my lifelong effort to quiet the mind through meditation.

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