• most of my work is done in high fired white stoneware clay with some pieces done in porcelain.
• clay choice: I decided early on that I preferred the look and feel of working with light colored clays and the results I could get with them.
I do like the results one can achieve with red clays but they didn't seem to work with most of the things I wanted to make.
• Art has always been part of my life as long as I can recall. My first brief exposure to pottery was as a child while visiting a local community class one evening at a nearby church. An electric kiln was firing at the time and I was allowed to take a peek into the kiln spy hole. Quite impressive, darn hot and a bit scary as I recall.
Many years later I went to Calgary to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design which is now known as the Alberta University of the Arts. The original intent was to become a graphic designer but after seeing what was happening in the pottery studio I soon changed my mind. There was still a passion for doing graphic design but the world of clay had taken over.
My major subject was pottery which included ceramic design and glaze chemistry. My minor subject was photography, which I still love doing. Life as a full time potter started not long after leaving the college/university.
• The majority of my pottery retailed in the city of Edmonton as well as craft shops and galleries in various cities and towns in the province of Alberta. Gallery sales/shows, craft shop sales, online and private sales resulted in my pottery going into collections around the world. Everything from a commemorative plate presented in Hokkaido Japan to a set of carved tiles dontated as part of the "International Potter's Path" in Criccieth Wales.
• My claywork has always attempted to reflect the long historical tradition of a fine craft. It strives for honest and original individual expression. My influences are eclectic, ranging from the seven centuries of Chinese Tzu' Chou decorative pottery to European Art Nouveau.
The making of each piece, be it functional ware or a one-off, is an exercise in balancing the functionality of the craftsman with the creative expression of the artist. I feel very lucky that pottery has always been more of a way of life rather than simply a job one does. A potter gets to play with and manipulate the four elements - Earth, Air, Water and Fire in order to achieve a tangible esthetic functional result that others can enjoy.