green raku vase 2011


An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.  And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.

Art isn’t a result—it’s a journey.

—Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception



I began my clay journey admiring the work of Lynn Hendricks, a very generous teacher and friend, several years ago.  After taking a class at the Fine Arts Academy in Glendora, I studied at Citrus.   Now I work in the studio at Ceramic Services.

One of the things I love about clay as an artistic medium is that the artist can create in terms of form—decisions on types of clay bodies to use, shape, size, thrown, hand-built, altered, how to fire a piece; and then we have an additional opportunity to create in the decoration of that form.

Because I do a lot of Raku firing,  clay has taught me to appreciate unexpected results — and  to look at the world with “opportunity eyes”.

The spirit of playfulness tiptoes through most of my work.  You will see that in leaning houses or little chair planters and tables with legs that “step out”.   Current explorations include incorporating related elements into my work, like melting glass with raku pieces or adding  semi-precious stones like chevron amethysts, fire opals, and other beauties into the forms of my vessels.  I like the idea of having different incarnations of the same basic elements together.


Raku Shinju-bistro-set with vase