Fine craft is a matter of equilibrium. To produce an object that is pleasurable and practical, all forces must strike a balance. A form that expresses its function, a beauty that is conveyed through use, a process that understands the nature of materials: these are the traditional standards of fine craft. In day-to-day living, well crafted objects lend grace to simple actions. To sip coffee or tea from a cup that is good to hold, to choose fruit from a bowl that is a delight to see, to arrange flowers in a vase that inspires but does not intrude, appeals to the eye as well as the soul. Well crafted objects serve and please. But, more than that, they encourage us to hold the moment, elevating daily rituals to sensory experiences. – Charles Jahn
I've been a graphic designer, a technical illustrator and a painter for over 20 years, but when I touched clay for the first time, I was thoroughly captivated and haven't looked back since.
Clay is an art form that combines everything I love: the relationship between form and function, design, fine craftsmanship, color and texture. I like the wet clay stage best: the rawness and true nature of the material exposed and the wonderful, supple way the forms feel in my hands.
Once the work goes through the bisque and glazing process, some amount of control is lost. Often things don't make it through the firing, not in the way one hopes anyway. It's always a risk, but that's where Alchemy comes in. Sometimes, if you're lucky, you get something truly remarkable and unexpected, which is another aspect besides the "Zen of Centering" that attracts and holds my attention like no other medium.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso