I had the great opportunity of studying overseas with my wife in Italy. We had a teacher who was leading an archeological dig at an Etruscan site. We were able to look through an area littered with pottery shards. The feeling I got by holding, examining and wondering about the people that created these forms left a strong impression on me.
I am deeply moved by all ancient areas and artifacts from all the lands we have visited through the years. It is very profound pondering the ancient marks left by a human hand.
I love working with clay. It feels very primal to me. This is why I am also drawn to hand-building and creating simple forms. I love firing these forms using the raku process. It is also primal and somewhat unpredictable in results.