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About the Artist
Creating objects of beauty through an exploration of form and the boundaries of glaze chemistry. My work begins in the glaze lab, where I systematically approach experimentation with glaze chemistry to develop crystalline and iridescent glazes. The combination of small changes in the chemical makeup of my glazes and minor variations in the firing process drives my process. My glaze research will never be complete, but I have a palette of glazes that I developed through thousands of considered tests. With the glazes in mind, I sit down at the potter's wheel to create porcelain vessels with a simple elegance to serve as a canvas for my glazes. The vessels must have a beauty that can stand on its own, unadorned, but also not compete with the glaze. When combined, the iridescent and crystalline glazes hint at how fluid these glazes actually become in the kiln, as you can see on "Gold at the end of the rainbow. " The iridescent glaze on the neck runs onto the belly of the form and where the iridescent and crystalline glazes intermix, a completely new glaze effect is created. Flowing textures, like the wavy teabowl allow the iridescent glazes to showcase all of their color variation at once. Forms with a fluid quality are my favorite canvas to showcase glaze and vessel as they remind us of how fluid both the porcelain and glaze once were. Lives and works in Manassas, VA.