At the core of ceramics is the creation of functional, practical and otherwise useful objects. It requires practice and craftsmanship to develop forms that are both pleasing and functional. Through this process and the practiced hands of the potter, ceramic work is elevated and transformed. I create subtle, strong functional forms in porcelain, and occasionally rats.
Early in my career, I was struck by the concept of ceramics as a functional fine art. I was especially drawn to the Japanese folk craft revival movement. It inspired me to move to Japan to study traditional ceramics. I am fascinated by the craftsmanship and simple elegance of traditional forms through which the potter is able to create an intensly interactive form of art, and occasionally rats.