I’m an emerging ceramic artist living in southwestern Ontario, smack in the heart of the ceramics hub of Canada.
Ceramic is a complex medium that demands one’s undivided attention at every level of its manipulations and transformations, where one piece requires days or weeks of work and diligence; this medium is in complete sync with how my brain is wired.
The complexity of the medium in all its combinations of raw materials for bodies compositions and surface development (I do not use premixed glazes) demands research and testing that I find very exciting; it's a delightful challenge I constantly bask into. My appreciation for the medium is such that I prefer not to conceal it under a glass coating, that glossy glaze, but instead, put forward its many elemental qualities. I therefore make my surfaces dry, matte; they absorb light and the surfaces show depth, are inviting to the touch, and have a more grounded presence.
Lately, when working on functional ware, may it be wheel-thrown, modern and sleek, or slab-made of a rustic style, they retain a lot of the raw aspect of the material; and of course, in these instances, I do use food-safe glazes.