I have been making black and white pieces since 2003. I am getting better as I get deeper into this technique of sgraffito, and probably would stop if I weren’t. I am starting to see my sculptural background seep in, as well as a renewed interest in altering the thrown form. My work is narrative, specifically illustrated, sometimes spiritual, often funny, and understandable. I make pots about the times in which we live, and the challenges of living in a time in which we are divorced from the natural world around us. I make my work to be appreciated by those who know a lot or a little about porcelain or art, and make it with the hopes that some of these pots will survive longer than me or the culture in which we live, and will still be as relevant then as now.

In the same ways that we know and learn from the cultures who have come before us, my pottery depicts the particular place and time in which I live, and why I think it is important. I draw on my pieces because it is the best way I know to express what I am thinking about. I like to draw about love, loss, fear and foreboding, community, tranquility, and loneliness.

To me, more important than the immediate political or social issues of the day is the greater struggle of humans to find a way to fit back in to the natural pattern of life on earth. By working with black and white, I invoke a world where humans are counterparts of the creatures I create. Freed from humano-centrism, people and animals compete and cooperate, interact and take notice of each other as equals. I depict the conflict of being a human who loves the earth but needs her resources to live, of coping with animal instincts made irrelevant in today's culture, and of the challenges of balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the community.

Above all, I draw to illustrate the wonder and mystery of living in the world we share.

 

Throwing a wide bowl using a kickwheel.

I live near the coast in eastern Maine and have done most of my work in the last few years in my tiny off-the-grid cabin in Roque Bluffs. My time there is magical, the stillness seductive. I also work at the new house my partner and I built in Franklin. The hustle and bustle of family life provide plenty of incentive for focus, and I believe sharpens my work.