“The Fire Within” has been a recurring theme in my 30 years in the world of ceramic arts. Clay’s diversification in culture, technology, design, and functionality has overwhelmed me with excitement and ambition to explore many of the genres found in our field.
The spirit one finds when working with clay has made me a survivor of a childhood of extensive and damaging abuse. This internal fire drives me to make every day and every creation a positive advancement in self-exploration, coupled with boundless freedom in my relationship to clay. With a childlike sense of humor, I call myself a multi-personality potter, as over the last 30 years I have developed a level of expertise in several genres of ceramic art. When displaying my art in nationally juried shows, I usually surprise my audience and promoters with a highly diversified collection emerging from “The Fire Within”.
I have spent many years fully committed to ceramic education as the managing director of the ceramics department at the Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT. After 10 years, I moved forward and opened the Canton Clay Works LLC in Canton, CT. After spending the last 17 years expanding the Canton Clay Works, I have developed an extraordinary studio and school with sophisticated kilns seldom found in a small privately owned facility. Only recently have I changed the course in my journey with clay, leaving the daily teacher and school director/owner behind.
My future days will be devoted to further adventures in the development of new ceramic art.