The Creative Process
One of the things I love about pottery is that it can be used every day. It is so functional, yet it brings beauty into the everyday. The earrings you put on in the morning, the cup you hold with steaming coffee that starts your day, the cheeseboard that is gathered around by friends; it allows art to becomes a part of your daily life. I think about all of this as I design and create each piece.
From Sketch to Wheel
To begin I like to start with a sketch and usually add watercolor to help bring the design to life. I have loved working with watercolor recently; the way it flows and moves is magical.
Once I have the design in place, I start by taking a lump of clay and I form it by throwing it on the pottery wheel. Some of my pieces are hand built (like my trays, cheese boards, and jewelry) using a slab roller.
After I make my pieces, I let them dry. I then turn them upside down on the wheel and trim them. This gives each piece a nice clean base to decorate.
The Finishing Touches
From Kiln to Shop
If the piece is getting a gold luster accent, I add it at this point and then fire it one more time. Finally, after all this hard work these little treasures are ready to go from my hand to yours, ready to be treasured and used by you.