Wooden spoon, whittled


Whittled spoon, from piece of wood. 2020.

Working with wood to shape quotidian objects is satisfying almost beyond description, when functionality meets aroma meets organic look meets tangibility.

In the history of human creativity, as it applies to the shaping of practical objects, you can’t go much further back than pottery. And without trying to sound overtly spiritual, you’ll also be hard pressed to find other techniques that will bring you closer to earth. Pottery is a very basic technology, and therein lays much of the pleasure of manufacturing clayware: shaping useful objects out of a material that we somehow disrespectfully tend to think of as “just mud” is very gratifying, and can be a revelation.

My ambitious aspiration with these humble attempts at pottery was to explore the ceramic style I usually gravitate towards: mid-century/modern and/or Japanese.

two green ceramic cups

For the sake of sake

Ceramic cups made on pottery wheel. 2006.

Stained glass window, showin brown hawk on blue background and flowers

Southwest falcon

Stained glass window, created with the copper foil technique. 2005.

Because of the aesthetical tradition it resides within, stained glass is a difficult medium. Put simply, stained glass easily brings to mind the interior of a church, and while I have little against church art I find that when I work with stained glass it’s hard to remove myself from that particular sacred idiom. From the top of my head, Frank Lloyd Wright might be the one example I can name who did something non-church-like in this field. And of course, I wouldn’t mind having Hombre Sol nicely mounted in my backyard. I just need to clear some space for it …