My current work echoes the knowledge gained during my one year volunteer apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery. My forms and shapes have become very simple and subtle. The preservation of handmade qualities occur naturally during my making process which give my pots life, soul, and character that hopefully the user can identify.
Making patterns using brushstrokes with these simple forms I use as canvases now I hope to fulfill a crafstman's duty by providing beautiful and affordable objects for the everyday use. I am fascinated with the use wax, iron, and chrome as a decorative material and how beautiful the result of a simple brush stroke can be. I work in large batches which forces me to eliminate all unnecessary movements with both decorating and making. These qualities are shown in my work and is a way I continue the traditional mingei style of making.
My practice will continue to be a constant learning experience as I travel and develop different ways of making. I am currently an Artist in Residence at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art for the summer of 2018. Continuing my practice of this east meets west influence I could not be in a better place to make a fresh body of work than here in Mashiko. I will be using local clays and traditional Mashiko-yaki glazes; decorating with brushstroke patterns of wax and revisiting the use of enamels. My works made here will be exhibited at the Museum spring of 2019 and hopefully will be having a show in the states early next year.