Statement

I often contemplate the cosmos. Planetariums are some of my favorite playgrounds.  I find it comforting to know that I am an insignificant speck in the universe, and that all the conflict, suffering and hardships going on in the world today are but  fleeting moments in the grand cosmic scheme.

My firing processes create volatile atmospheric cataclysms which decorate my artwork by imprinting traces of violent molecular recombination.  I enjoy being the insignificant speck in this process and am always intrigued and pleased by the results.

Planetarium
2002
Ceramic, metal
25"w x 13.5"h x 23"d
Stoneware fired in oxidation with stainless steel gazing ball.
Persei Cluster
2009
Ceramic, Murano glass, acrylic
Multi fired stoneware with glass, lustre and acrylic additions.
Meteor
2009
Ceramic, acrylic
16" diameter x 3.5" high
Earthenware fired in oxidation
Plieades
2009
Ceramic, Glass
16" w x 3" h
Earthenware fired in oxidation with Murano glass and lustre additions
Cosmic Collision
2009
Ceramic
17" diameter x 3" high
Saggar fired stoneware with gold acrylic detail.

The patterns of this piece are achieved with the inclusion of horse hair and rock salt in the saggar before the piece is placed in the kiln and set on fire.

This piece is done in the Japanese style known as "kintsuji" which is defined per Wikipedia, "As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise."

Due to the violent nature of the firing process (the piece is burned in a chamber with pine) breakage is the norm rather than the exception. Kintsuji celebrates rather than hides these flaws.
Horse Nebula
2009
Ceramic
17" diameter x 4" h
Saggar fired stoneware with silver acrylic detail.

The patterns of this piece are achieved with the inclusion of horse hair and rock salt in the saggar before the piece is placed in the kiln and set on fire.

This piece is done in the Japanese style known as "kintsuji" which is defined per Wikipedia, "As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise."

Due to the violent nature of the firing process (the piece is burned in a chamber with pine) cracks and breakage is the norm rather than the exception. Kintsuji celebrates rather than hides these flaws.
Horse Nebula 2
2009
Ceramic
19" diameter x 4" h
Saggar fired stoneware

The name of this piece is a play on words. Not only does the decorative patterns mimic nebula and celestial bodies, the patterns of this piece are achieved with the inclusion of horse hair and rock salt in the saggar before the piece is placed in the kiln and set on fire.
Black Nebula Bowl
2009
Ceramic
Saggar fired stoneware
Blood Bowl
2007
Ceramic
Saggar fired stoneware
Orange Nebula bowl
2007
Ceramic
6"w x 5"h
Saggar fired stoneware.