Pit-Fired Stoneware Animals
My work celebrates the animals with whom we share our world. Shaped by bone and muscle, drive and need, they appear powerfully right to me. To capture these qualities, I rely on the willingness and spontaneity of stoneware pit-fired in sawdust.
Artistically, I haven’t come far from my childhood near the shores of Lake Erie. Back then I sculpted animals in snow, mud and the wax covering cheeses my mother bought. Now, living in Oregon, my art is inspired by the surrounding life of our forests, mountains, fields and oceans. I make pieces fired almost to maturity in an electric kiln. When cool, I bury them in sawdust or hay which is lit on fire and then covered so that it burns slowly and smokily. When the fire is out, I then clean only those pieces that meet my standard of excellence.