artwork > Archived Functional Pottery Gallery

The functional pottery I make is 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.



Iguana Platter
Earthenware
15" x 15" x 8"
2009
Raven Platter
earthenware
20" x 20" x 10"
2010
Armadillo Plate
Earthenware
11" x 11" x 1"
2009
Crab Plate
earthenware
10" x 10" x 1"
2010
Bird Platter
Earthenware
16" x 16" x 5"
2009
Walrus Plate
Earthenware
11" x 11" x 1"
2009
Centerpiece
10" x 8" x 4"
2010
Animal Mugs
Earthenware, majolica
approx. 4" x 3" x 3" each.
2008
Squid Mug
Earthenware
5" x 4" x 4"
2008
Whiskey Cups
Earthenware
2" x 2" x 2" ea.
2009
Spice Jars
Earthenware
3" x 3" x 3"
2008