I started doing pottery six years ago by first taking classes at Ruby’s Clay Studio and Gallery in San Francisco where I used the live until late spring 2014 when I moved to Atlanta. Since then, pottery has allowed me to tap into an artistic side, which I could only guess under layers of analytical processing and scientific rigor. I followed a purely scientific track in school, ultimately obtaining a Ph.D. in organic chemistry, and I have since then been working as a research medicinal chemist first in the pharmaceutical industry and now at a not for profit organization. While I could sense I had something inside of me that was sensitive and responsive to form, shape, and color, it was not until I became more proficient at the pottery wheel that I realized that I had discovered a medium through which I could channel my personal sense of esthetics and express my creativity and artistic side.
I base my pottery work on form first and then on utility. I feel that a vase, a kitchen utensils holder, or even a simple bowl should be beautiful on its own, sitting on a table or a shelf. I create pieces that should be part of your surroundings, not hidden in a cabinet while not in use. Because shapes are at the core of my work, my glazing tends to be discrete, while still playing a crucial role in the overall look and feel of the final product. I always create pieces with some raw clay showing as I feel that using clay only as a building material is too limiting and almost disrespectful. I see a lot of beauty in the raw fired clay by itself and I think it should always be a visible part of a piece, even contributing to its overall design.
I hope you will enjoy seeing my work and using my pieces of pottery as much as I did creating and making them