In my ceramic vessels and small sculptures I try to achieve the presence, simplicity and tactile appeal I have long admired in many early art forms. The pieces, usually composed of simple geometric elements, often have the rounded corners and textures of the organic world or weathered architecture. Most are covered with a thin layer of fine clay particles known as terra sigillata. This surface, which can be brought to a soft, sensuous sheen with polishing, is more like a skin than a glaze. Plain areas take on a black hue during the final smoke firing, while patterned surfaces emerge in a subtle range of grays.
Some recent work is based on impressions of my urban surroundings - for example, the derelict buildings of the old industrial neighbourhood lining the Lachine Canal, with their intriguing structures and mysterious empty interiors so suggestive of history and urban change.