Influences from architecture and color field painting are infused into my utilitarian pottery in a simplified manner. Balance in the surface design of each piece abstracts imagery much like Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park” series, while leaving subtle hints that leave the viewer interested but not overwhelmed. Wheel thrown and hand built elements create geometric forms, while color is added so that each piece can resemble a 3-dimensional painting.
The color palette is simple, mostly white with one to two colors, plus the utilization of the brown clay body. Terra sigillata brings out the slightly distressed surfaces, reminiscent of brick, wood, and rust, while using a black wash to highlight these imperfections. Although individual pieces can stand alone, when grouped together they can reference a cityscape or skyline.