The celadon glaze pooling at the bottom of the bowl reminds me of my home by the ocean. I love the metallic glaze framing, and when the two meet at high temperatures in the kiln they melt together and create a lovely run.
It's like having a piece of the ocean in a bowl.
Other bowls I like to create are inspired by clawfoot tubs, the run of a glaze, or the simple beauty of raw clay.
Goblets are an ancient form of stemware whose use dates back farther than the Roman Empire. The goblet has a tradition of craftsmanship, with hammered patterns often treated with patina, inlays of precious stones and adornments of gold put into their making.
Often the people I meet and relationships I have are my muse for designing goblets. They are rich in meaning, have a layered history and share a story. Some goblets shine in their simplicity of design and brilliance of glaze, some are elaborate and adorned in satin and gold, while others are vintage, romantic or bohemian.
Like their muses, each goblet has its own personality, energy and story.
Vases are a perfect canvas for old-world aesthetics, rhythmic scrolls and interlacing lines. I combine several creation techniques such as wheel throwing, custom sprig molds and handbuilding to create these one of a kind pieces.
During the making process, as forms are created, they call to complementary shapes and decoration. I would state that “the piece designs itself, I just show up”. Bronze, gold, silver, satin, charcoal, old white and mother of pearl are among my favorite glazes as they compliment the timelessness of the scrollwork designs.
Recently I have been experimenting with Terra Sigillata. Terra sigillata is an ultra refined clay slip that can give a soft sheen when applied to bone-dry wares and, if polished or burnished while still damp, may give a high gloss. The ancient Greeks and Romans used this technique in lieu of glaze.
This technique offers a beautiful surface to reveal the color of clay, ability to create soft colors and lends itself to patina.
I love the simplicity of the finish with a touch of patina to accentuate decorative carving.
Platters offer an endless form to express occasion, atmosphere and celebration. For instance a cake platter’s elegant, strong pedestal and graceful scrolls frame a delicious cake, a table centre piece set for friends, a cupcake platter overflowing with messy sparkling cupcakes, or the private joy of a piece in your dressing room embracing your favorite jewelry pieces.
Life’s moments are so deeply joyous.
The chalice is considered to be one of the most sacred vessels.
A chalice (from Latin calix, mug, borrowed from Greek κύλιξ(kulix), cup) is a footed cup intended to hold a drink and is often used during a ceremony and may carry a symbolic meaning. Chalices in the act of worship were highly decorated and treated with great respect. A gold chalice is symbolic for family and tradition.
To honor the Chalice vessel, I use strong sweeping forms, elaborate carvings, dramatic arabesque designs, multi dimensional metallic glazes and adorn jewels with gold lusters.
Thanks to Uncle Leo’s Craft Brewery in Lyons Brook Nova Scotia, I have learned quite a bit about beer steins. Rebecca, owner of the craft brewery, commissioned ceramic steins to use on their brewery patio as the ceramic material keeps the beer cold on a hot day!
The only criteria Rebecca gave was the volume of beer in which they needed to hold. The design, clay and glaze were open for creativity. Perfect project for a ceramic artist!
Steins are now on my creation list for 2019. I’m exploring terra sigillata and metal combinations. Stay tuned for new designs.
Every craft show I purchase a mug from a different potter.
I start my day with a good cup of coffee and a kindred spirit. I’ll warn you now, once you start using a handmade ceramic mug, there is only moving forward. I encourage you to collect mugs from different potters, it is a simple way to start your day with connection, warmth and joy.
My mugs are typically one of a kind, adding details to the handles, carved designs or layering metallic glazes. If I do make a production line, it is usually with a lush glaze which stands on its own beauty like olde white, charcoal or bronze.