Biography / Artist Statement

I turned from engineering to ceramics more than a decade ago.  Although I live and work in Ottawa, I have strong ties to the Maritimes.  Both places furnish natural images that repeat throughout my ceramic work.  I spend roughly half of my time teaching and running a community studio and the other half creating my own work.  My work consists of functional pieces as well as objects that have a less utilitarian existence.

I have a background in printmaking and painting: as time goes on, both of these interests have more and more influence on my ceramic work. Originally the form of a vessel or an object claimed my attention. Lately, I am pushing these forms to provide surfaces to decorate using sgraffito or slip/underglaze brushwork, combined with various types of resists.

There is an intimacy in creating an image on a ceramic surface, knowing that it will be held, that holds a strong appeal for me.  More than that, the decoration I choose to use is often pictorial, on a three dimensional form:  this allows the user/viewer to choose a point of view and a viewing distance and gives them control over what they choose to focus on, in the images I offer.

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