7744 Pigeon Road
Lake Tomahawk, WI 54539
I’ve always loved to draw. First with crayon, then with ink and now on clay. I wrap botanical drawings and patterns around three-dimensional forms that I’ve created on my potter's wheel. The marriage of two disciplines fascinates me. Creating the right balance is my focus.
While carving I spend a long time interacting with each piece. My goal is to make my marks loose and spontaneous... as if they grew from the piece itself. Over time I’ve developed a “catalog” of personal imagery that allows me to carve with unplanned, impulsive abandon.
My stoneware dishes are functional, one-of-a-kind objects. The greatest compliment I receive is hearing that one of my pieces has a special spot in someone’s home, and is also used at their table.
1522 Oak Park Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
I began working in clay over 20 years ago. In my basement studio, I throw on an old Brent wheel with an eye toward simple, refined designs that are – first and foremost – functional. A wide range of familiar Midwest imagery inspires my dinnerware: grain silos; “L” girders; oilcans; skyscrapers. I finish with my glazes that reflect the colors of that landscape – both natural and urban.
In December of 2015, my partner Barbara Korbel, and I launched Winter Rye a studio dedicated to creating well-crafted objects for the home that enhance the rituals of ordinary life. We are committed to making our goods affordable, while honoring the labor of the individual worker.
My carved and sometimes gestural pieces are intimate forms that fit and feel good in the hand. While they are generally not representations of actual objects, they reflect the shapes, patterns, colors and surfaces that I am drawn to in nature—the petals of an apple blossom, the grooves of a spindle shell, the pattern of a hosta leaf or the texture of a weathered rock all inform and inspire my work.
I use a combination of wheel thrown and hand-built forms that are altered, carved and sprigged. With a variety of airbrushed matte and gloss glazes that enhance the surfaces, the pieces are fired in a gas kiln, cone 10 reduction.