The Northern Clay Center
I hand build functional ware in high-fire porcelain. My inspiration is drawn from the forms and textures in nature. Recently I have been creating work that evokes the forces of wind and water as they sculpt our planet.
My studio is in the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. I also teach there and offer workshops nationally.
What type of clay do you use?
What temperature do you fire to?
What is your primary forming method?
Hand building soft slabs and coils
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Textured clay around which glaze flows and pools
Do you make any of your own tools?
I make texture rollers and stamps.
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
A combination of privacy and community
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
My Dolan knife
What are your top three studio wishes?
More horizontal surfaces for work and storage
A smaller cone 10 kiln
A hammock for naps
What’s on your current reading list?
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
I recycle all my clay.
How do you recharge creatively?
I visit museums, read, and attend theater.
Do you have any DIY tips for studio efficiency?
I make lists.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
I am currently working on a project to illuminate porcelain sculptures, working with a new, difficult porcelain and learning to electrify pieces.
What did you first piece look like?
It was a box made by squeezing clay between wooden slats. I still have it and like it because it clearly illustrates the plastic nature of clay.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
“No cracking” power
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Margaret Bohls. She taught be a great deal about porcelain and glaze formulation.
What is your studio playlist?
Minnesota Public Radio
Why do you create art?
It is spiritual… it gives me meditation, insights and pleasure. I want to share the experience.
What is your best studio tip?
Work, work, work.
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?