Reflection, history, confluence, life experience, water, continual movement repetitive patterns. These are dominant themes in my work. I work with porcelain & stoneware using the wheel and then alter to loosen. Softening the edges, corners, and curves accentuating the forms. My work is soda fired in a directional cross draft kiln . The burners enter from one side. A sodium solution is sprayed into the kiln. This mixture vaporizes following the path of the flames, caressing one side of the pots. The side facing the burners accumulates more soda. The hypnotic patterns are softened and/or blurred. While the backside remains dry, decoration in tact and crisp. This directional firing creates fantastic surfaces with dramatic variations from side to side. It’s my hope as a potter that my work will first create some sort of happiness and/or joyfulness to the viewer, experiencing one small moment of happiness when used or viewed daily. I think the pots do that! That’s personal happiness! I am a teacher at Pace Academy and studio potter working in Suwanee, Ga. My work is focused on functional pots, with that teaching has allowed for change. I am currently working on large scale jars, platters and a new body of work based off of hand built archetehual forms in pairs and triptics. I’m intrested in how these forms sit in space , how they interact with each other and wheather thay continue to be functional or something new. Excitiing times! I studied with the late Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu and George Timock at the Kansas City Art Institute receiving my B.F.A. and Stan Welsh at San Jose State University receiving my M.F.A. I have had the good fortune to have been able to work in some great studios over the years, including the Archie Bray Foundation summer resident, Anderson Ranch summer studio assistant and Sun Valley Center for the Arts 2 year resident and artist assistant. I currently exhibit at many galleries across the country, teach at several art centers and conduct workshops.