The inspiration for my vessels and lamps is drawn from both Asian and European porcelain traditions, and from natural forms and textures. The strength of the porcelain allows me to create a tension between the work's thin, translucent walls, seemingly so fragile, and the highly textured surfaces, which ask to be touched.
My appreciation for form, light, and texture goes back to my childhood. I would spend hours clambering up trees to watch weak sunlight push through early morning mist, and afternoon light filter through leaves to create dappled patterns on the ground. I examined closely the color, texture, and patterns of tiny stones, shells, and twigs. I try to capture and share with others the magic of these experiences through my work.
I begin with a general idea of the piece I want to create. Using the potter's wheel, I refine the shape as I work, creating a form having a thin, even wall. I then use a "resist" method to develop light, shadow, and texture, first painting a pattern on the dry surface with shellac, then using a wet sponge to erode away a thin layer of porcelain from unprotected areas. I repeat this process, as needed, to develop the desired textures and overlapping patterns of light and shadow. The work is fired in a gas kiln to 2300 degrees F., creating pieces with the delicacy, hardness, and "ring" that have made porcelain so prized for centuries.