The functional ceramics I make are created through both thrown and handbuilt techniques. I used to exclusively work with low fire earthenware, but have recently started using Cone 6 clay. Leaving a surface "naked" without a drawing is impossible for me. I use a scraffito technique to create detailed drawings inspired from old prints. Color is achieved through slips, mason stains and glazes.
Still life images of drawn animals, people, and other illustrations on a variety of ceramic forms represent the dynamics of relationships and carry meaning through human desire to anthropomorphize and relate to animals. Vessel forms such as teapots, cups, platters, jars, and bottles possess a strong predisposition to carry the narrative quality of the images by virtue of their functionality, tactility, and dimensionality. The role of function in this case allows a more intimate and active involvement to develop with the drawings, helping to acquaint the user with the images overtime with each use.