As a wild-land firefighter I have witnessed the unpredictable power of uncontrolled vegetation fires. I remember an incident when a crow landed on a power line and unfortunately burst into flames falling into the brush below. A fire started immediately where the burning crow landed simultaneously the wind picked up an ember launching it over the highway and catching fire to the vegetation on the other side. I often think about this chain of dynamic events the way in which I approach the creative process.
I have developed a process that goes agaisnt the conventional use of ceramic materials. I arrange ceramic materials, molds, temperature and firing process to assist me in creating each piece. Heat is the catylist that initiates chemical reactions to take place between the diverse ceramic materials which eventually reveals the ultimate characteristics of the elements in the composition. The results of my practice yield artifacts of my fascination with the an alchemical approach to working with ceramic materials. This process gives me the capability to create objects that appear not to have been made by the hands of an artist.
I further enhance the mysterious nature of each object that I create in the kiln by the way I finish and display them. I custom alter found objects, as well as, construct items that are coupled with fired pieces. Perhaps in this way each of the works in this exhibition bears the potential to become a complex relationship between nature / culture object of contemplation.