I have had a passion for clay and sculpture for as long as I can remember. Though I grew up in a very technical and computer oriented family, some of my fondest memories are of summer pottery classes at the local art museum.
In college, I took a turn toward mathematics and computer science. Over the next 35 years, I followed a fulfilling and profitable career as a Software Engineer. However, I never forgot my love for sculpture.
I am still amazed at the pure joy I experience when I have my hands in the clay. I find that my work communicates on many different levels, from the practical and utilitarian to a simple reflection of the beauty I see around me. It may express a response of hope or fear or love, or it may be a simple reflection of the little kid inside of me at play. For me clay and sculpture become a language to express thoughts, emotions or insights for which I have no words.
As much as I love to create with clay, I also love to teach others to experience that same joy. Young people are naturally drawn to clay, even when their technical skills are still simple. With a little bit of instruction and encouragement, they quickly gain the confidence that they too can create something of value. Clay is such a malleable material that the art flows naturally from their active imaginations.
More recently my journey has been discovering what it looks like to integrate the truth of my relationship with Christ, with my expression as an artist. I am learning to let the creative process develop in such a way that it reflects the complicated dynamic of my Faith - something which is not always pretty or positive or well understood, but which carries underneath it the reality of Hope.
This has become my theme: To "Reflect faith hope and beauty through art."
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195 Eli Run, Fayetteville, GA 30214
Off of New Hope Road, between Rt-92 and RT-85 or Rt-314
From 92: 2 miles from New Hope/92 intersection (near water tower); turn right on Eli Run.
Coming north on New Hope: 0.5 miles north of the New Hope Church. Turn right by the Whitney Crossing sign (Eli Run); Studio is 0.3 miles on your right.