As a child I could sit for hours drawing the outlines of abstract shapes and then filling them in with color. Getting lost in my imagination with the twists and turns of possible combinations, it was a world of shape and color all my own. This way of working has stayed with me throughout my life as a potter: it feels natural. Bringing dimensional form into this world has not always come as naturally. I have always had to work harder on making the pots than decorating them.
Something that has stayed with me after attending the Pottery Invitational at Worcester center for crafts was watching Rob Sieminski make pots at the demonstrations.
My newest pots are these teacups. A play date between form and ornamentation that brings me back a little bit to those childhood shape and color combinations.
Jenny Mendes. I love her approach to surface design, which is so evocative through the use of narrative imagery.