“I am a potter of sixteen years, making wheel-thrown stoneware at my studio in the San Fernando Valley. My work is conversant with folk pottery traditions. Manipulated forms are decorated using stamps made of found objects and gathered pinecones. I glaze all pieces with colored slips, oxides and traditional glazes I formulate.
James is a sculpture constructed while my brother was experiencing serious blood clots. I created the work over a period of four months. The clay was molded around paper forms made with my brother following a hospitalization. The shapes of each piece were guided by emotions I felt at this time. The size of the clot-like forms decreased as my brother’s health improved. Iron wash on red clay echoes my intrusive thoughts of blood during the making of this piece.”