I grew up on a small farm in Perry, Iowa. As a young child, I spent my time from morning to evening running through the creeks and cornfields of the countryside. My childhood days inspired my love of nature. Walking along the ditch banks in the North Valley of Albuquerque with its surrounding landscapes and wildlife has influenced my work. Ravens seem to be appearing on more and more of my pots.
Exploring Indian ruins in New Mexico has greatly influenced my work. I became interested in the images of the rock art designs as a way of connecting with our ancient ancestors. These ancient rock galleries provide an eloquent window to the past. My pots and bowls are one with the tradition and spirit of the great Southwest.
In 2003, there was a large fire in the bosque along the Rio Grande river not far from my house. The fire destroyed acres of cottonwoods along the river. Inspiration came from the charred remains of those magnificent trees. Thus, was born the “bosque bowls”. These are large bowls with cottonwood trees carved along the rim of the bowl. In 2004, I exhibited my first bosque bowl in the Celebration of Clay in Albuquerque and won “Best of Show”. In 2010, I won “Best of Show” in the Los Ranchos Studio Tour with one of my bosque bowls.
I enjoy working with contrasting textures and various glazes on hand built and wheel thrown pieces. The use of crystalline glazes are my newest adventure. My journey will continue . . “there is so much more to learn”.
Albuquerque, New Mexico