My ultimate ambition is to create pots that are as great as a Tom Waits song, as intriguing as an Edward Hopper painting, as marvelous as Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, as funny as a Monty Python movie and as dynamic as a Flogging Molly concert. These are some of my cultural heroes. All have taken a genre and with exceptional skill have made it uniquely their own.
I believe it is still possible to be an analog man in a digital world. I enjoy the physical act of creating something out of a lump of clay on the pottery wheel. While I decorate some of my pots with traditional glazes, the majority contain multiple silkscreen images. For me, the process is exciting because I can tell stories as I decorate. Plus, I physically get to touch the clay one more time. I am convinced that in this digital age, where people tend to view the world through the glass of smart phones and touch screens, people still want to use well-crafted homemade objects.
To create unique pots that people will use on a daily basis is my goal. The images that I use often circle the piece, so people need to pick up turn the pot to see the whole narrative. Flowers should be put in vases, coffee or tea in mugs, beer or sweet tea in tumblers. The pots hopefully will not spend their existence sitting behind glass in a cabinet and never be used.
I realized a long time ago that I could not be one of those potters who settled in an idyllic old grist mill or a mountain cabin with their dogs and threw pots 12 hours a day in solitude. I wanted to spend my days working with clay, but the quiet would have probably driven me crazy. It is hard to be an extravert, gathering energy from others, in a solitary environment. I could not figure out a solution to the problem for the longest time. Through a series of fortuitous events I was able to get a lifetime membership at MudFire where I have 24/7 access. Surrounded by people with a love of clay, I finally have the ideal environment in which to create my ceramic art.