How long have you been a member of Artistic Portland, and what appealed to you about joining the Co-op?
I’ve admired the concept of an art co-op for a long time. I’ve been a member of Artistic Portland since May 2019 and joined the co-op to gain first-hand experience and support the success of the co-op.
What is your background?
I’m a mechanical engineer, moved to Portland about six years ago and decided to open a home studio. Prior to having my own studio, I always used city or university rec center facilities.
What does your work aim to say?
My work is primarily an invitation to experience something different.
Who are your biggest influences?
I learned pottery from my father and I’m most inspired by the mastery of form expressed in Japanese pottery.
Describe yourself in one word. Why that word?
Optimistic. I know that there are no short cuts to perfect design yet every piece that I complete is the best piece that I have every made!
Where do you create?
In my home studio.
What inspires you?
The timeless natural beauty of the West and Pacific NW.
What’s the most indispensable item in your studio?
Every piece of my studio is indispensable.
How do you know when a work is finished?
This is a good question without an easy answer. Each work is an expression of a concept and is completed when the concept has been captured.
What kind of creative patterns, routines, or rituals do you have?
Creativity is somewhat of a rebellious thing. It likes to sneak up from behind and surprise you. I’m not sure that there is any way to cure creativity of this unfortunate habit.
Is there an artwork that you created that you are most proud of? Why?
Another good question without an easy answer! This would have to be some of the first pieces I made as a child because they were my first pieces.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you do?
I tend to suspect that almost everything is art when you look at its foundations.
What do you like to do when you're not creating?
Paying bills and other day-to-day tasks seem be a good way to use up time!