Pottery has been a passion of mine since the age of 15 when I was introduced to it in school. I subsequently took a full art course in high school majoring in Ceramics. There were other ambitions such as flying but eventually clay won me over and I've spent over 30 years with it.
I'm almost entirely self-taught, but did spend time studying in high school and Capilano College. I divide my time between functional and creative work. The functional consists of high-fired porcelain and stoneware; the other is more sculptural, the pieces being made on the wheel then cut altered and reassembled. Sometimes I just start with a few rolled out pieces of no particular connection to each other and see what happens. Influences range from American and British studio potters to a deep appreciation for the pre-Colombian ceramics of the Americas. Jeff Oestreich has been an inspiration. I believe that simplicity and quality of craftsmanship produce the most pleasing objects made of clay.
In 1999, I relocated my studio to Roberts Creek, BC. In the summer of 2000 I built a gas kiln. In this peaceful setting, my work is only disturbed by the occasional cry of a raven.
- Taught Ceramics Workshop - Santiago, Chile 1992
- Ceramics Instructor - Delbrook Recreation Centre - September 1994-1996
- Ceramics Instructor - Shadbolt Centre - 1998-1999
I hope you enjoy my work!