I decided to become a potter at the age of twenty-one after spending six months living on the island of Crete.
By that time I already had four years of classes and experience in making pots.
I also had several major travel excursions under my belt, including many months traveling through Mexico and a six month odyssey through the countries of Europe.
These travel adventures instilled in me a profound interest and respect for other cultures and ways of living.
Through all these trips was woven an interest in pottery that culminated in my decision on Crete to pursue a life as a potter.
There, I was surrounded by the rugged beauty of Crete, so powerfully expressed in the nature-revered ceramics of the ancient Minoans. The work of those potters, still bursting with life 4000 years later, inspired my resolve to become a potter.
Already possessing technical skill, it was clear to me that I needed to pursue more formal training and researched schools with a strong ceramic program.
Walter Ostrom convinced me to study with him at NSCAD and introduced me to working with earthenware clay. His knowledge of ceramic history dovetailed with my interest in the pottery of other cultures that was ignited by my travel experiences.
An enthusiastic student, I found earthenware provided a versatile means for my cross cultural exploration.
The soft, sensual quality of earthenware clay, its strength and plasticity in the forming stage, the immediacy of the slipping process, and the myriad of possibilities for decoration were attributes of the material that I responded to.
The rich, worldwide history and traditions of earthenware pottery provided a vast resource to explore and learn from.
The numerous cultures that make up humanity have each developed traditions of ceramics by translating diverse influences through their own unique blend of materials, techniques and cultural beliefs.
Through trade, conflict, and migration, cultures have influenced each other, resulting in new ideas being born, new aesthetic solutions being investigated. I enjoy tracing stylistic developments from one culture to the next and through the centuries.
I have continued to explore the history of ceramics in the context of the cultures where the work was produced.
This has enabled me to combine my passion for ceramics with my love of travel in a way that keeps me inspired, informed, balanced and vital.
I have traveled and undertaken research into the architectural ornament and outstanding ceramic traditions of China, Mexico, Europe, Turkey, South Korea, Morocco and Uzbekistan.
I hope to continue with my travel research and look forward to creating well considered contemporary objects encoded with historical references that offer an intellectual, visual, and sensual experience that enriches one's life.