Paul and DavE
I discovered clay at the age of fifteen and was exhilarated by it – so strong and willing a material! I have since devoted myself to ceramics and have been working, playing and teaching in clay for over 40 years. Currently I work in my Homer studio on Kachemak Bay, making my living as a studio potter and sculptor.
I love that pottery brings art intimately into our everyday lives. Besides their utilitarian value, they are rich metaphors. For instance, the words we use to describe the shapes of pots (lip, neck, shoulder, and belly) reflect an image of ourselves in the clay, acknowledging their likeness to living things. Pots similarly relate to our spiritual and emotive spheres. A wide-open generous bowl can be intuitively associated with a sense of offering, sustenance and abundance. These ways of relating to form are grounding influences in my work.
My job as a potter is to humbly infuse everyday objects with human sensitivity. It is my hope that the pottery I make is easy to live with and exists in a way that winks subtly from life’s periphery, bringing those who handle and use it a sense of where it came from: a fellow creative spirit on a path.
As a child in the hills of western Massachusetts I was raised with a reverence for making. Finding clay at a young age, I learned to throw pottery, and have continued to work at that over the years with a spirit of humility and pride for the tradition. Welcome tangents along that path have included vessel-based and conceptual sculpture, handmade brushes, and ink drawings. I’ve had many influential teachers including Leslie Ferst and Regis Brodie at Skidmore College, and Bryan Czibesz and Anat Shiftan during my MFA at SUNY New Paltz. Perhaps my greatest stroke of luck was the opportunity to apprentice with Toshiko Takaezu in 2007. Toshiko’s intuitive influence runs strong in my studio practice and even in my kitchen as well. I currently live in Homer, Alaska where I share Paul Dungan’s studio, another member of the Takaezu lineage, and an accomplished potter. Homer is a thriving community of creative and hard working people, and I am fortunate to make my work here with the backdrop of hearty spruce forests, a rich and wild ocean, and shifting glacial geology.
The studio on Icy Bay Dr. will be open for visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 10-5. We plan to open and unload our large stoneware kiln on Saturday around noon. We plan to use indoor and outdoor space in such a way to allow for space and make all feel welcome, safe, and comfortable.
907 235 8557