Raku, a ceramic tradition that began in Japan in the 16th century, serves as inspiration because the fast firing technique is appealing to me as a contemporary ceramic artist. Even though I use the element of chance and the unintended effects that result, control and artistry are not absent from my original designs. My use of fabric impressed into the surface of the clay produces textures that are enhanced when the piece, hot from the kiln, is placed in a chamber of combustible materials.

The resulting reduction atmosphere creates iridescent qualities on the glazed surface which are further incorporated into the total design of the piece through the use of metallic oil-based pencils and oil pastels. The unglazed surface areas become a canvas upon which I can paint and draw. The addition of fiber, wood, and glass or semi-precious stone beads pay homage to ancient cultures and unites the two and three dimensional aspects of the wall plaque. Contemporary pottery has dared me to challenge established traditions while exploring and experimenting for the sheer joy of discovering a new approach to the craft.