I am a studio potter and I have lived and worked in southeast Louisiana since 1973. I received my B.A. degree in 1968 from Douglass College in New Jersey, where I studied ceramics with Hui Ka Kwong and in 1971 received my M.A. in ceramics from Florida State University.
My work is highly informed by studies in the history of ceramics, especially Chinese Song dynasty porcelains. I love the glow of translucent porcelain and a saturated iron or celadon glaze. I am fascinated by pattern and repetition of surface design. My challenge is to gracefully fit that design onto a three dimensional form. The throwing, slip trailing and other decorative processes are contemplative but I intend my work to be used as well. I currently create both one of a kind pieces and functional porcelain vessels. Inspiration stems from the Louisiana landscape and studies in the history of ceramics.
My work is well known in the southeast and has been shown nationwide in shops, galleries and exhibitions. My work is represented in private and public collections and has received numerous awards. The following are a selection of collections in which my work can be found:
- Permanent Collection, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama.
- Permanent Collection, White House Christmas Ornaments, at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
- Permanent Collection, LeMoyne Center for the Visual Arts, Tallahassee, Florida.
Joan E. Manheimer Ceramics Collection at the University of Iowa Museum, Iowa City, Iowa.
- Permanent Collection, Arts and Humanities Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Permanent Collection, Valencia Community College Art Gallery, Orlando, Florida.