My exploration of bumps and growths that continues to evolve in a playful way, giving character to the pots and vessels. Inviting objects to touch and rub.
Tactile…soft and rough at the same time. Thrown and altered on a brown stoneware clay body, surface layers are scraped and textured with different tools before sanding. An inlaid glaze effect on the line work gives movement to each piece.
Slab built vessels, paddled, scraped and textured into its final form. Initially made for orchids, they are versatile for other things as well. Each one has subtle variations, and the shape continues to grow as I explore complementary flowers and plants.
Inspired by traditional Hawaiian kapa cloth’s bold graphics and textured patterns, this style exposes the raw clay body while white slips are brushed on and carved with lines and patterns.
This body of work was made during my one year of pottery study with Ken Matsuzaki in Mashiko, Japan. Using my teacher's clays, glazes and firing methods, I learned about the significance and beauty of Oribe ware. Oribe glaze itself is a copper green ash glaze. Its translucent and runny characteristics give it a rich and dynamic complexity. The pieces shown here are a combination of Oribe and Shino glazes, with red iron or white slips underneath the Shino. These were reduction fired for over 30 hours in a gas kiln.
Slab built vessels, more architectural. SImple is best.
Chaya - drinkware
Teaware, mugs. whisky sippers, sake bottles, cups and more!
Ocean inspired…found driftwood, shells and coral are often used on the pieces, or as sculpting tools in the making process.