I have worked exclusively in Raku for about 25 years. Raku is a very spontaneous and unpredictable firing process and therefore provides endless direction for experimentation and exploration.
My work has been influenced by my experiences of travelling to New Mexico. Extensive research and course work in traditional Southwest Native pottery techniques has led to an ongoing body of work interpreting historical Southwest shapes, mask and decorations in Raku. It is a fascinating mix of East (Raku) meets West (Southwest Native). It is an area that continues to provide inspiration.
More recently, my personal interest in all things Italian has included studio instruction in Florence in the traditional Maiolica technique. This has led to some preliminary experiments to introduce more colour into my Raku. A mosaics workshop at a glass studio in Siena, Italy raises the possibility of incorporating decorative glass into my work.
My influences and sources of inspiration have been and continue to be rather eclectic! For me, it is this openness to experimentation—along with the unpredictable nature of the Raku firing process—that makes Raku an exhilarating medium with which to work.