I supported myself from ceramics through high school and college and haven’t worked for anyone since. I love my work because of the freedom that it brings, with regard to my work and life. Every day in my studio, I get to decide what to make and what my day will entail. My studio is next to my house, so my commute is a beautiful walk through the desert. I try to approach my work with a playful, child-like attitude, although I have to admit that working with clay can be as stressful as any other job. Ceramics has taught me patience and I try to let things go with the flow. When firing a large kiln, it often takes 10 to 12 hours. I usually fire raku at night because you can see what’s going on inside the kiln. I’ve always loved fire since I was a kid and I’m glad that my work enables me to be around it.
I am married to a wonderful, supportive woman who inspires me to be a better person. We have a young son and as his eyes are full of wonder about the world, he also inspires my attitude towards my artwork.
In my free time, I love to work on things around the house. I like to figure out how things work and usually have a new project in mind before the one I’m working on is done. I have two white German Shepherds that would follow me anywhere and are great company. I also built a fish pond 7 years ago and have a lot of tropical plants. Each one of my 18 fish has an interesting name! It took about a year for them to trust me, but now they feed out of my hand. I also enjoy ping pong and doing anything outdoors, such as hiking and snow skiing.