Statement & Bio

Statement

I ended up working in clay because a) I cannot draw, b) media such as wood and metal require one to learn how to use a variety of tools, and c) I have never been clever enough to make art with found objects.

I like the immediacy and simplicity of working with clay.  All you need are your hands.

When I go to make a new piece, I try to let the process decide the form that the piece(s) will take.  I have a general idea of what I want, but don’t hold myself strictly to that idea. Inspiration for a form may come from a shape found in nature, some newly learned pottery technique, or another artist’s work.

Some of the firing methods I use are raku, naked raku, and sawdust. These techniques leave much to chance. I have a general idea of what will happen in the firing, but cannot control what the final outcome will be.

I love the results of these firings and that they are achieved without specific effort or intent.  There can be a natural beauty in chance.


Bio

I moved to Boston in 1994 to study at the Museum School.  After graduating from the Diploma Program, I rented studio space in Allston for a couple of years where I worked on wall mounted ceramic sculptures.  However, I found it quite difficult to make a living as an artist, so I got a 9 to 5 job.  This started a five year break from ceramics.

In 2004 I joined the IT department at Harvard Medical School.  Once there, I discovered the Harvard Office for the Arts Ceramics Program, which is where I make my work.

I currently live in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts with my wife, Jane.