The spark was lit in 1973 when I took a ceramics class one night a week for 2 semesters with Richard Lafean at the Chrysler Museum Art School. At the end of the 2nd semester, the school was closed and my pottery making put on hold for the next 30 years.
I retired from a career as a landscape designer in 2002. My wife, Linda, and I owned and operated Smithfield Gardens for thirty years. This is when I had the good fortune to connect up with Jim Chalkley and his one year Production Pottery course.
Pottery has become my passion along with gardening and I have a studio at my home in Carrollton Va. I have always had a love for handmade crafts, especially clay pots and sculptures. I make some functional pots on the potter's wheel, but mostly I hand build using coils of clay to make sculptural pieces and vessel forms.
I have always been an amateur naturalist and I think my love of nature has had a distinct influence on my pottery. This is particularly true when it comes to my surface textures as they relate to tree bark, seed and fruit formations, lichens and fungus growths. Shapes and patterns are influenced by meandering streams, rock formations and other organic forms observed in nature.
My other passion is gardening. I tend to like and collect plants that have interesting and unusual characteristics--such as variegated foliage patterns, as well as asymmetric, weeping and contorted growth habits, and this aesthetic carries over into my work.
As for the pottery, I do high fired gas reduction stoneware and porcelain. I do a lot of experimentation with different clay bodies and glaze formulations, so I can't say that I have really developed a particular style of work. This to me is the exciting part of working with clay and I think this is why my style of work will keep changing.