is a one-person shop. I do everything, including throwing on the wheel,
mixing glazes and recycling clay (and creating websites). I purchase only clay and the raw
materials for glazes from a local supplier.
Occasionally I make my own plaster molds from wheel-thrown or hand-built originals for some
of my higher volume pieces, such as olive boats. However, most of my work is one-of-a-kind,
or part of a small production lot (such as 4 or 5 pieces that are similar, but never exactly
Mosaics are an inspiration and a reoccurring theme in my work. I create a mosaic-like feel
through the use of a wax resist technique, which involves drawing the image in pencil on the
bisque ware, outlining with wax then filling in with layers of glaze. This is a time-consuming
process, but I think the end result is worth the effort.
I do both classic
and unique forms, some of which are made from up to five individually thrown
sections, assembled at the leather-hard stage. I make most of my own glazes, which
are all lead-free and durable, and many are my own formulations. My pieces are fired to
cone 6 in an electric kiln. They are microwave and dishwasher safe, though I recommend
hand-washing for greatest glaze durability.
My studio is in
the garage in my home in San Bruno. It can be a bit chilly in the winter,
but is perfect in the summer and the commute is terrific! I love my work and feel I have
probably been a potter in several past lives.
As a kid I made
things from a clay I found next to the creek near our house in Kansas City.
I first tried the wheel in high school.
In 1983 I studied
for a semester with Yoshi Ikeda at Kansas State University, and then for
a year with George Timock, Victor Babu and Ken Ferguson at the Kansas City Art Institute.
I then went on to get a degree in photography from the University of Kansas. In 1993 I
began studying ceramics again with Oli Quesada at Fort Mason. Later I became a lab
assistant there for two years, where I learned the skills I would need to establish my own studio.
In 1996 I started Skyline Ceramics as a full time business. Since then I have been selling
my work through art and wine festivals, online and in galleries.