I came from Drawing and Painting into the world of Pottery making. So… I have a strong interest in embellishing pots, exploring line, pattern and color on clay.
I often travel, teaching workshops about decorating the ceramic surface. I also teach the basics at a Community College
and a City Art Center here in Portland. Teaching and making seem like breathing to me. When I teach, I exhale what I know. When I make, I inhale new and continuing ideas in my work. I think they feed each other.
I find inspiration in nature and use natural forms to embellish my studio work. I am happiest in gardens, wild places and in my studio.
All of my pots tend to be one of a kind, unless I’m making a unique set of rice bowls or dinner plates.
Most often I work in series. For example I’ll start a day making five Teabowls. Then I’ll make a series of Bowls to be carved later.
Each one is covered with a black ‘slip” and individually and intuitvely carved with a unique pattern.
The only pots you have seen images of that are now available are the two Red Earthenware Boats. I am now making some carved bowls, similar to the one shown. The carving is always unique.
I am always happy to send images of new work in my studio.
Thank you for your interest in my work. It is so generous of you to reach out across the water to us.
Best regards, Jan