My Story

We shape clay into a pot                                                 
But it is the emptiness
That holds whatever we want    
tao te ching A NEW ENGLISH VERSION  Stephen Mitchell                                                                                                                

I lay in bed with the pottery I make so I can let each piece speak to me, tell me its secrets and of its soul. These objects, these original handmade artifacts, both functional and decorative, have natures of their own, personalities whose forms grow out of clay and a potter's hands and wheel, relating to me what they need. Throwing clay is like a dance (or a prize fight!) with improvisational detours. It has to be caressed and nurtured-creation through fluctuation, its softness sometimes illusive, its hardness resisting the touch. I try to create like a child-wide open.

In 2013, a few months short of my 55th birthday, I walked into La Mano Studio and Gallery in NYC for my 1st pottery class. Two and a half years later I left my job behind me spurred by the urgent words of Simone de Beauvoir: "Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future. Act now, without delay." It was a monumental risk, but it was more risky to stay at a job I felt nothing for when I felt so passionately about pottery. Selling some of my pieces at La Mano Gallery and privately and having my vases used in a flower demonstration by Michael Fullwood, floral designer, gave me the confidence to "act now"

Maybe it's my passion about such an ancient craft (and art!) that draws me to the history of clay. Clay tablets=stories. From legends described in cuneiform and hieroglyphs to my own marks and fingerprints in my pottery of carved vases, bowls, plates, mugs, incense holders, tea candle holders, trinket jars, pitchers and decorative clay tablets I want my pottery to tell stories. I want to capture the fragility and poignancy of human moments through the delicacy of a carved line in clay or an impression reminiscent of a fossil.

It is my honor to be an artisan making one-of-a-kind stoneware pottery so that people can have art in their everyday lives. When I sell my ceramics, it is an unspeakable thrill and am humbled that there are people who think my work worthy enough to buy. Hopefully, my pieces breathe with life and soul in their homes, as hopefully they will in yours.     


 I hope you enjoy this interview that I had with Gabriella Ribeiro about the history of Evolving Artifacts.