ABOUT

 

I grew up in Virginia, just on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.  Back in the 1960’s it was a quiet and wonderful place to be, a woodland just outside my door. Nature, in all its wonder and beauty, has been and still remains a large influence in my work.  At the age of 11, my mother gave me my first set of oil paints. Creating art has been my focus ever since. My fascination with ceramics began in 1974, at the young age of 18, when I purchased a potter’s wheel. The plasticity of this medium with its endless possibilities have remained a constant inspiration for over 4 decades. 

In 2004, I began to experiment with “crystalline” glazes.  This type of firing is very captivating and the search for the “BIG” crystal can be seductive. For some, the glaze becomes the only important aspect of the piece. My goal has always been to find balance and harmony with shape, lid and glaze; not letting each aspect take over the piece. I don’t consider myself a crystalline potter, but a ceramic artist that will constantly change, evolve and grow.  

PROCESS

 

My work is a combination of hand-thrown ceramic vessels some of which hold or cradle a sculpture; each initially sculpted in clay.  Some are selected to cast in lead crystal glass using the “lost wax” technique. 

I created my first sculpture in clay with the intension of it being cast in glass about 10 years ago.  It was kept safely in a box for over 6 years. By chance, I found Hugh McKay, a glass caster, well known in the glass community as a “Master” of glass casting. He was the technical genius behind the late Binh Pho’s exquisite wood turnings, cast into glass.

ART FAIRS

 

Affordable Art Fair, London, UK
American Craft Council Shows, Baltimore, MD; St Paul, MN; Atlanta, GA
American Craft Exposition, Glencoe, IL
Art Aspen, Aspen, CO
Art Miami Week, Spectrum, Red Dot, Aqua (Context 2020 Virtual)
Art New York, NY
Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
Art Wynwood, Miami, FL
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO
Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Miami, FL
Naples Art and Antique Show, Naples, FL
Palm Beach Modern Contemporary, Palm Beach, FL
Palm Beach Fine Craft Show, West Palm Beach, FL
SOFA, Chicago, IL
Texas Contemporary, Houston, TX

GALLERIES

 

Steidel Fine Art - Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL

Regis Gallery - The Venetian - Las Vegas, Nevada

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