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Artist Statement

I have been in New Mexico since 1987 and got into pottery while working in the high-tech arena at Sandia Laboratories. After retiring in 2004, I focused more on my ceramics. I have been working with ceramics for several years, throwing on the wheel, hand-building, and combining the two. However, I have become energized by the making of Raku clocks. I love to take the extreme order of a clock face, surround it with chaos, and yield it to the unpredictability of the Raku firing process. The “chaos” is made from orderly geometric shapes such as circles, lines, triangles, and coupled with irregular shapes and textures.

The Raku firing introduces metallic flash areas and color variations that are all colors of the rainbow. I am always excited to see what the final work will look like. Certainly, no two are the same and I like that.

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