My handmade ornamental vessels combine the bold
lines and generous volumes of ancient urns with the influence of natural forms. People love to touch them, and their scale imparts a palpable presence that can make a room, a garden or a public space come alive.
I build large pieces in many stages, joining damp sections in a modified version of the coil-and-throw method found in many ancient cultures. Although I work on a potter’s wheel, my approach is essentially sculptural: Beginning with a rough idea of scale and mood, the details of form and decoration arise through an improvisational dance that unfolds over a period of days as the piece finds its way to completion.
Many of my pieces are unglazed, but may be coated in a thin layer of slip to achieve different hues. After three to five days of building and a week of drying, I load the vessels into my large kiln, bring them to 2350ºF in a day-long firing, and then allow them to slowly cool for two days. Each time I open the kiln I have the thrill of seeing how (and if!) they fared through extreme stresses of the transformational process.
I offer my monumental vessels here online, at shows throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard, and at my studio in Brattleboro, Vermont.