Important Note: I'm currently working on a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Idaho- experimenting with metal work, large-scale sculpture, and other delights. This will probably reduce my ceramic output... but I should be cranking out a diverse body of other work. See my blog for more info.
I work part time as a professor in the department of Fish and Wildlife at the University of Idaho, but I've been an avid artist for years. With my 'hobby' looking more and more like a vocation, I started an MFA (studio arts) in 2014.
My artwork is heavily influenced by my concerns about humanity's impact on the natural world, and by my years spent canoeing and kayaking in Minnesota, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. In my work, I explore themes like alterity and otherness, the intersection between mythology and ecology, and the idea of wildness- both human and non-human .
In the past, my primary medium was Raku. I'm drawn to Raku because of the alchemy and unpredictability of the process, and because of the sensual, organic surfaces the process produces. A Raku surface can evoke river rock, the turquoise flank of an Arctic char, the fractures in an ocean-side cliff, or the hidden depths of a wave-churned tide pool- all elements that link to my past and present ramblings and explorations.
More recently, however, I've been expanding into a variety of other sculptural media, and experimenting with printmaking. I have a number of active projects, which I'll be documenting on my blog and on my gallery page.