I think some of the glazed pots resemble some of fellow potter/blogger Michael Kline's surfaces. And I think that's okay. I admire him and his pots and I could never do it like he does. I think it's okay to share ideas and explore them and make them your own. That's what I'm doing each time I make, decorate, and fire pots. I just wanted to say that. Below is my artist's statement that I've had for a few years. I think it sums it up.
As a studio potter, I work diligently to make well-crafted wares for everyday people. It’s seemingly less about the “ritual of the table” and more about respecting a long tradition of craftsmen before me and discovering my own voice. As a contemporary potter, I often look to past traditions for inspiration. I’m interested in folk pottery of many origins. My native state of North Carolina, of course, offers a deep well of talented potters, both folk and contemporary, to look towards for inspiration. I want to continue the long tradition of making beautiful wares for everyday people. Simplicity in form offers a broad surface for me to embellish with lines, patterns, and drawings. Before I was introduced to the ceramics arts, I did a fair amount of illustration before and during art school. The combination of three-dimensional forms and two-dimensional drawings was a natural fusion of both my love of drawing and pottery, art and craft. It is my intention to bring together clear and abstract markings to engage the viewer to look closely at how design relates to the form of the pot.