Visual grace merged with technical perfection is the intention I strive for in my ongoing exploration.
My goal is that this union in some way translates to elegance no matter how well the viewer or user might understand of the complexity of the language used.
I have been working primarily in hand thrown porcelain and stoneware for many years and consider the forms as canvases, sometimes incorporating subtle textures to either leave unglazed or surfaces where glaze color will be applied. I am interested in the contrasts and relationships between forms, surfaces, color and luminescence. I also have a strong ongoing interest in clay and glaze chemistry and the effects of interactions between multiple layers of glazes and how they can add depth to the surfaces of a piece.
I am a ceramicist and an Associate Professor where I serve as the Art Department Coordinator and Associate Dean for the School of Fine Arts at Fairmont State University.
From 1984-2008 I served as the Head of the Ceramics Department at the Chautauqua School of Art, Chautauqua NY, and as Vice-President of the Visual Arts Advisory Board for the Chautauqua Institution.
Prior to my academic career, I worked for many years as an independent studio potter and also served as Director of Operations for: Bill Campbell Studios; Goebel Porzcelain Fabrik GMBH of North America and Waccamaw Clay Products.
I am a regular organizational, technical and financial consultant for a number of Universities, Public Schools, small businesses, arts organizations and independent artists.
My works are a part of numerous private and corporate collections and have been exhibited widely.