I am a functional potter with a special emphasis on tea ware. The earthy and understated aesthetic of Japanese pottery has been a major influence and source of inspiration for my work. My surroundings as well as my recreational activities make their way into my subject matter such as fishing scenes on my mugs or on a tea bowl. This helps me decorate my work in ways that interest me and create a formal juxtaposition between nature's curiosities and sober expression. The potential for contemporary pottery to function as a craft and a fine art is important to my practice. I have explored various types of building techniques but I always come back to the potter's wheel. Although I love glaze ware my favorite way to fire work is with atmospheric firings such as wood or salt/soda.