been a full-time self-employed ceramic artist since 1988. I was
the owner of Out of Hand Studio and Gallery in Seattle, Wa for
7 years. I now can be found in a small wheat farming community
of about 1,900 people by the name of Ritzville. Ritzville is located
in the far eastern part of Washington state, the nearest city
is Spokane, an hour away. I'm loving the quiet of a small town
and so are Mona the dog and Alice and Phil the cat's.
As a child I always wanted to be an artist, and felt a strong
connection with animals, bringing home every stray I found. My
work often has a creature like charm and tends to be on the playful
side. My ceramic fish-heads more often than not have human like
personalities, and I'm sure many of them were inspired by customers
I served in my 3 year stint as a bartender. It was this job that
lead me to this wonderful world of clay, creatures and joy.
I work in low-fire earthenware most of the time, using very bold
colors when I paint. My methods of painting vary, most of my functional
art pieces are usually solid bold colors with some patterning
but I also paint my women's portraits and houses in a much looser
painterly manner, using the clay surface as a painter would a
canvas. Landscapes are also a large source of inspiration and
color. I use some cast forms but for the most part my pieces are
either formed with clay slabs and coils or they are formed by
pinch method. After painting my pieces they are finished with
a clear non toxic glaze.
I intend a sense of humor about my work and consider it an achievement
when it makes people smile and laugh out loud. We all need laughter
in our lives.