I find the process fascinating and the results rewarding. I am able to use my drawing skills combined with the carving, a 3-dimensional process.
Once I throw a ceramic piece on the wheel, I allow it to dry to the “leather-hard” stage. The piece is then firm enough to trim the bottom and then I coat the surface of the piece with a fine slip, or engobe.
I have a design prepared, and I carefully carve it into the slip, revealing the white clay beneath. This creates a strong design contrast, similar to Wood-cuts. The carving requires my focus and patience, for there is no correcting a mistake. If my hand does slip, I work to incorporate the new mark into my design. I consider this to be an imperfection in the piece, something the ancient Japanese tradition believes to be inherent in a work of art.
The Japanese call this “Wabi-Sabi,” and believe all works of art need such an imperfection. I think this is to remind us that we are not striving for perfection in our art or our lives. It reminds us of our humanity.
I make my boxes and vessels to be useful, to hold something from something precious, to flowers, to food or liquids. As with every piece I create, I am concerned with the aesthetics. My goal is to create more beauty in the world and to share it with others.
My hope is that my artwork will add beauty to your space, and serve your needs as well.