Photo: Lauren Graham
I am a studio potter working and living in Frederick, MD. I hold a B.S. in art and design from Towson University and currently exhibit my work in galleries across the United States. My work references both historical and modern wood firing and forming techniques. The unique palate of colors and textures created during a long firing heavily influence my forms and surfaces. Flame pattering and firing schedule play a huge part in the aesthetic of my work, while smooth glazes and ergonomic features aid in functionality. In an effort to maximize efficiency and productivity, I single fire my work in a large anagama style kiln located next to my studio. Most recently I have added two more wood kilns to my practice; a train and a soda kiln, and in September of 2019 my wife and I had our first child, Lola.
For me, being a potter doesn’t mean long hours, day in and day out, behind a wheel in a studio. I have chosen to follow the path of the flame and fire my work with wood. Wood firing has not only become what I do, but who I am. My kilns require an exorbitant about of labor and attention to run successfully making preparations paramount. The same way a painter must consider their brush and paints, I carefully ruminate the size, species and wetness of my kiln’s fuel which will become glaze as it melts on the surface of my pots. I create and decorate my work with the same level of preparation to insure the firing not only makes the work functional, but also beautiful and pleasurable to use.