14×8-in-the-eye-of-greatness

   “I teach art at an HBCU (Historic Black College or University).  I began my journey in pottery learning under Ken Beittel, author of “Zen and the Art of Pottery.”  I am trying to find my way in the “Great Tradition” of pottery which reflects the world traditions of pottery.  I find great inspiration from the pottery and sculptural ceramic forms that come the East – Japan, China, and Korea.  I also look at the Japanese/English Mengie tradition of “folk pottery” – simple, unadorned forms mde for use, made with a knowledge of trying to reconnect the user with the outside world of nature.

   I try to make work in which “a certain love of roughness is involved, behind which lurks a hidden beauty, to which we refer in our peculiar adjectives shibui, wabi, and sabi.  It is the beauty with inner implications that is referred to as shibui.  It is not a beauty displayed before the viewer by its creator [rather it is] a piece that will lead the viewer to draw beauty out of it for themselves.  The world may abound with different aspects of beauty.  Each person, according to his disposition and environment, will feel a special affinity to one or another aspect.  But when their taste grows more refined, they will necessarily arrive at the beauty that is shibui.  “The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty,” Soetsu Yanagi, Bernard Leach.

   This is for me the path to see and to realize the “Great Tradition.”

   I try and balance my life between teaching, potting, seeing, listening, and experiencing life as much as possible.”