About the Art

Pottery, Sculpture, Painted ware and Tiles


Pottery

Our stoneware pottery is hand made, wheel thrown or thrown-and-altered. No molds are used; each piece is unique. Pots are bisque fired to 1830° F., then dipped in a lead-free glaze, decorated, and fired again in reduction in a gas kiln to 2380° F.

In addition to being lead-free, our pottery is oven, dishwasher and micro-wave safe.
 
 

Painting

All the decoration you find on my work is original artwork, no decals or stencils are involved.

I hand-paint my pots using traditional ceramic colorants: cobalt, iron, chrome and rutile, as well as commercial red and black stains. I use some commercial sumi-e brushes for color and shading, but most of the drawing is done with brushes that I make myself.

I still have some of my first brushes, from college 25 years ago, crude things made from squirrel tail, wax, string and sticks. Now I use bamboo handles and thread and epoxy bindings. I still collect road-killed squirrels, though; I like the springiness and flexibility they bring to the brush.

I primarily paint animal images, probably due to my childhood on a Wisconsin farm. Most are painted from memory, although with some of the more complicated images I work with photographs. I also keep sketchbooks handy at the zoo, aquarium or county fair.

I admire Chinese brush paintings. I don't consciously try to imitate them, but I think the simplicity and facility with brush leads to a similar look and style.
 

Sculpture

In the rare moments when I'm not busy with pottery, I hand-build figurative ceramic sculpture. These ceramic "people," often inspired by characters from history, fiction or music (I've had a folk music radio show called The Saturday Café on KLCC-Eugene since 1990) have been found at the now-closed Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon. I'll have some soon at the Palace Gallery, in Oakland, Oregon. Check out the Find Me page for details.

I've twice been accepted to (and once asked to be juror for) Eugene's highly competitive Mayor's Art Show, and one piece, "The Girl With The Flyaway Hair," was featured on the Mayor's Show poster for 2002.
 

Tile

As the brush decoration on my high-end vases and platters got more elaborate, I had to face the fact that I was painting again, something I thought I'd given up after finishing my BA. I've recently started a series of one-of-a-kind ceramic paintings, hand rolled and stretched tiles with raw clay frame, mounted to hang on the wall.

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