San Jose, California
I don’t think of myself as an artist. I am a person exploring creative possibilities. Clay allows me to create objects that interest me. Ideas come to me quickly, so my work is varied and nonconformist.
I work with a devoted and compatible group of potters and ceramicists at Higher Fire in San Jose, CA. This studio provides facilities for members and students, and has many wheels, tables for hand-building, and gas, electric and Raku kilns.
What type of clay do you use?
Stoneware and porcelain
What temperature do you fire to?
What is your primary forming method?
Wheel thrown and handbuilt
What is your favorite surface treatment?
Various - Carving, sculpting, glazing
Do you make any of your own tools?
What one word would you use to describe your work?
What is your favorite thing about your studio?
Inspiration from other artists
What is the one thing in your studio you can’t live without?
What are your top three studio wishes?
More work space.
What’s on your current reading list?
How do you save money on materials and supplies?
Recycle my clay.
How do you recharge creatively?
Visiting museums, reading art books, and looking at other artists' work on Pinterest.
What challenges have you given yourself to overcome?
Become a better craftsperson.
What did your first piece look like?
A primitive bowl, wheel thrown, poorly glazed, and heavy.
What ceramic superpower would you have and why?
More strength to center bigger pieces.
Who is your ceramic art mentor and why?
Linda Mau. She has wide knowledge of techniques and is a good teacher.
Why do you create art?
I spent my childhood in a small village surrounded by people who knew how to make things. The desire to make things followed me my whole life.
What is your best studio tip?
Work with others for criticism and inspiration.
If you could change one property of clay, what would it be?
Lighter and stronger