Tom and Maggie will be joining us in the studio for the spring tour May 6th and 7th
When I reflect on what pots I make and why I make them, growing up in Minnesota is really the source. Having a great public education where ceramics was offered as an elective and being exposed to places like the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the St. Croix Pottery Tour. My pots are just riff on the wonderful pottery tradition of Minnesota. As my work evolves from different outside sources such as Piet Mondrian, the Bauhaus movement or Lucie Rie, I just put my Minnesota spin on these other sources that I find compelling.
My current work is made of red earthenware and fired to Cone 3. It often has a small detail of color blocking or graphic. I enjoy the confines of minimalism and I would describe my work as minimal. I try to give my minimal work depth through layering. First the scraped brick clay, second the liquid and rich skin of the slip added and the last flat bit of color.
I make hand-built earthenware vessels that draw on the quiet, minimal forms of basic function, such as basins, troughs and baskets. Surfaces emphasize the subtleties of material, process and firing as the primary decorative elements – dragged grog, finger marks, the layering of slips and terra sigillata, and the dulled whites and blacks that come from reduction firing at a low temperature.
Smaller pieces like plates, cups, mugs and bowls are wheel-thrown, then scraped and pared down in form and reduction fired. Most recently I have been pulling from my long love of textiles to add pattern and color to this smaller work.