I started making clay objects when I was about 13 and have never really stopped! I went on to earn a BFA in art education and teach ceramics at the high school level for about fifteen years. I recently completed my MFA in Ceramics at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. It was amazing! I'm currently teaching part-time and setting up a home studio. I'm super excited to be working at home and want to share what is going on in my studio via this site. Additionally, I want to use this site to let folks know of up-coming exhibitions and other random tidbits of life in the studio! Welcome to my site and enjoy!
My art at first glance suggests the domestic, ornamental nature of many ceramic objects, but upon closer look one discovers a showy, transgressive content that is conceptualized around issues of gay sexuality, the phallus and sexual fetish objects or toys. These highly decorative pieces resonate with my varied experiences as a gay man. Clay presents one endless possibilities for form and surface decoration and is therefore the perfect medium for my subversive intentions. I revel in blending the rich historical language of ceramics art with the low-brow, overly decorative and often kitsch nature of craft which can often be had for the cheap at flea markets. I invite the viewer to take delight in the excessive and glitzy nature of my work as they discover a more sinister objective. I use decals, gold luster, fake fur, glitter and plastic gem stones to "queer up" the surface quality of my work and in doing so also question the nature of what is considered to be in "good taste" for the domestic setting. In a larger sense, I feel that my work acts as a metaphor for my life as an out gay man who does not often "fit in" to the conventional role society defines for men. My intention is not to shock the viewer but rather to create a dialog around topics generally not openly discussed in "polite" society around issues of masculinity, sexual expression between men and the roll of fetish objects in the gay community.