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As a potter, I express myself through clay by working closely with nature's elements: earth, air, fire, and water. I am fascinated by the transformation of clay from a formless lump into a unique form. My hands are the medium through which a soft piece of clay is centered and transformed into a durable, useful pot. Each pot has a rich and simple beauty that reflects the very depths of the earth, brought to life by fire.

Some of my pots are made on the wheel, others are hand-built. My functional stoneware pieces are wheel-thrown and reduction-fired in a gas kiln. The clay and glazes interact during the firing to create a surface full of movement, texture, and depth. In my hand built pots, clay is stretched out into slabs, revealing the freedom and spontaneity of the process.

The theme that carries through my work is the universal spiral, representing infinity. I try to capture natural elements in my pottery: sunrises and sunsets; colors and textures of rocks, canyons, mountains, deserts, and skies; swirls of sand; waves of the ocean; clusters of seashells.

I have been influenced by potters and pottery from many different countries. Yet the land that speaks clearest to me is the American Southwest, especially San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico, home of the family of the renowned Pueblo Indian potters Maria Martinez and Carmelita Dunlap. The Pueblo pottery reflects their reverence for Mother Earth. Sharing their tradition has deeply influenced my work and enriched my life.

Pottery is my connection to all cultures; past, present, and future. There is a universal appreciation of the basic clay form, whether it is a bowl, water vessel, or storage jar. It is a symbol of life.

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