I make pots in a refurbished barn that overlooks large corn and hay fields, in rural Upstate New York. The fields are in a constant state of change, going from plowed earth, to lush growth, to bare stubble, to the vastness of winter. This rural setting makes it way into my pots. The various textures, colors, and lines that make up my surroundings become surface treatments, glaze combinations and cut outs. My process as a studio potter expresses a cycle of making and firing framed by daily family life. My wood kiln gets fired twice a year with the help of a few potter friends and my family support team, husband Tom and daughter Genevieve. The potters share in the work of preparing the wood (chain-sawing, chopping, stacking), loading the kiln, firing round the clock for 30-36 hours and clean up afterwards. Each cycle of making and firing informs and guides the next series of pots. In 2019 I will be working with earthenware and experimenting with lower temperature wood firing.
Photo credit for these process images are thanks to Ithaca photographer and videographer Marilyn Rivchin.
Below is a video of my entire process made by Marilyn with original music by Ithaca jazz pianist and composer, Molly MacMillan, used with her permission.