I have been working professionally as a potter for the last 21 years.
I couldn’t imagine not being a potter; it’s my true passion. I enjoy exploring form and function, and all aspects of this versatile medium that is clay. I believe my work is characterized by its functional and durable qualities, combined with an aesthetic pursuit of beauty and grace through unique decorative patterns & designs. Most of my work consists of high-fired stoneware or porcelain. Using a wax-resist technique in a variety of ways, similar to doing batik on clay, I explore textures, depth, multi-dimensionality and the use of color. I make functional table and house wares. I have also created musical instruments such as ceramic doumbek drums, peaceful sounding fountains and terracotta planters. My latest explorations involve hand-building from slab using stamps and textures and carvings. I literally have hundreds of stamps that I carved out of clay itself, bisque fired and then use in my work.
I feel that my background as
an artist is eclectic and unique. I attribute a lot of my expression to my
diverse ethnic heritage and cultural influences. On my father's side I have
African American and Native American Chickasaw heritage, while on my mother's
side I have Dutch and English heritage. In addition to my parents having
married interracially, they also decided to move to