I use coils, slabs and wheel thrown forms to create pots and embellish them with sculptured elements. The surface of the pots is burnished then left raw or covered with terra sigillata. They are then buffed to produce a soft shiny surface. Finally, the pots are smoke-fired in a barrel using sawdust and a mixture of ingredients that color and interact with the clay. I also experiment with firing them in a raku kiln. I started my love affair with clay in high school in California. Then while studying and working as a scientist in the USA, UK and France I continued the affair in evening classes and workshops where I explored a range of techniques. My current obsession is with making original sculptural and semi-functional objects using primitive making and firing methods. I am fascinated by the way the pots take over and direct their making as well as the magical interaction between clay, fire and smoke. The results are always surprising and always inspire more experiments. For this reason each pot is unique.
I work in France and the UK where my studio is called ARCENCIEL POTS and I am a member of Wirral Potters, London Potters, Craft Potters Association and International Ceramic Artists Network.