Pottery became a serious avocation when I retired early from teaching. All of my pieces are thrown on the wheel and are designed to be both artistic and functional. I use stoneware clay which is robust and lends itself to the subtle colours which I find aesthetically appealing.
My work is often inspired by vessels I have seen, some of them quite ancient ones in museums. Other shapes emerge in a more spontaneous interaction between wheel, hands and clay. People often comment on the quietness and “Japanese feel” of my work—something which perhaps comes from growing up in northern California next to the sea.