Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by ceremonial tea ware of the Zen Buddhist Masters. There have been many variations to this process over the years. I am fascinated with ancient cultures and the primitive firing techniques used to create various colors and patterns on the surface of the ware. I find the cultural significance of these processes both motivating and inspiring and I especially love these methods because of their organic nature. Earth, water, and fire are integral parts of each creation and every piece is unique. There are many variables that can influence the final piece during the firing process. While the results cannot be fully controlled, over the past 25 years I have learned ways of influencing serendipity to achieve my desired results.
I hold a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BFA from Appalachian State University. My work has been exhibited extensively on the east coast, including sculptures and pottery at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, as well as the Fayetteville Museum of Art in Fayetteville, NC.
I owned Gallery 101 in Manteo, NC that specialized in Fine Arts and pottery for just short of a decade and was an Associate Professor at The College of the Albemarle, where I ran their professional clay crafts program for many years.
I moved back to the Triangle area in 2012 and have recently set up a studio at my home in Apex, NC. I work as a full-time Artist and teach classes and workshops on a variety of techniques that I have mastered over the years.