Earth Flower 1

Earth Flower 1

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 16 x 14 x 8"

Earth Flower 1

Earth Flower 1

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 16 x 14 x 8"

Earth Flower 2

Earth Flower 2

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 14 x 14 x 7"

Earth Flower 2

Earth Flower 2

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 14 x 14 x 7"

Earth Flower 3

Earth Flower 3

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 15 x 14 x 10"

Earth Flower 3

Earth Flower 3

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 15 x 14 x 10"

Earth Flower 4

Earth Flower 4

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 18 x 18 x 12"

Earth Flower 4

Earth Flower 4

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 18 x 18 x 12"

Earth Flower 4

Earth Flower 4

granite gravel, wood-fired stoneware • 18 x 18 x 12"

Shield Nest 1

Shield Nest 1

meadow grasses, wood-fired stoneware • 17 x 17 x 8"

Shield Nest 1

Shield Nest 1

meadow grasses, wood-fired stoneware • 17 x 17 x 8"

Shield Nest 1

Shield Nest 1

meadow grasses, wood-fired stoneware • 17 x 17 x 8"

Wheel 1

Wheel 1

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 13 x 13 x 6"

Wheel 1 (detail)

Wheel 1 (detail)

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 13 x 13 x 6"

Cubic 1

Cubic 1

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 15 x 13 x 11"

Cubic 1 (detail)

Cubic 1 (detail)

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 15 x 13 x 11"

Cluster 2

Cluster 2

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 9 x 6 x 5"

Sticks 1

Sticks 1

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 11 x 13 x 5"

Cubic 2

Cubic 2

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 8 x 8 x 6"

Cubic 2 (detail)

Cubic 2 (detail)

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 8 x 8 x 6"

Nest with Leaves

Nest with Leaves

meadow grasses, leaves, wood-fired stoneware • 5 x 10 x 9"

Nest with Leaves

Nest with Leaves

meadow grasses, leaves, wood-fired stoneware • 5 x 10 x 9"

Leaf Nest

Leaf Nest

maple leaves, wood-fired stoneware • 11 x 8 x 5" • private Collection, seattle

Tube Cube

Tube Cube

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 8 x 8 x 8"

Tube Tower 2

Tube Tower 2

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 9 x 8 x 5"

Tube Tower 4

Tube Tower 4

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware • 10 x 8 x 5"

Crescent 2

Crescent 2

meadow grasses, wood-fired stoneware • 11 x 11 x 3"

Wave 1

Wave 1

paper, grasses, wood-fired stoneware • 30 x 6 x 4"

Long Cocoon

Long Cocoon

meadow grasses, wood-fired stoneware • 26 x 10 x 6"

Tube Kanji 2

Tube Kanji 2

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware, 10 x 11 x 3"

Tube Kanji 3

Tube Kanji 3

knotweed, wood-fired stoneware, 12 x 5 x 3"

Ceramics

陶器

 

​​   Many of my ceramics are made by coating meadow grasses or leaves with clay and forming them into shapes evocative of nests or cocoons. The resulting artwork feels at once very ancient and very modern — organic and natural but also intentionally sculptural.

   These works incorporate many aspects of the ceramic traditions of Japan, where I lived for 18 years, in particular the technique of firing raw unglazed works in 5-day wood kilns (anagama). It is the serendipitous effects of fire on clay that I am seeking.

Embassy of Japan, DC

Ceramic Exhibition Video