Where to see work

March 2017 at Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD
Tile books and haiku boxes
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Pair of Ratri Sukta books, recto and verso

img_0601a img_0607a Haiku Box 1

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December 2016 at the Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD

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Astronomy Box (exterior and interior)


StarChart. inspired by Giovanni Schiaparelli’s drawings of Martian topography and a whole host of other thinking, writing and talking about Mars.

at MapQuest: new work in clay
November 8 – December 3, 2016
Waverly Street Gallery, Bethesda MD http://www.waverlystreetgallery.com                                                                                             Vessels, wall tiles, tile books with paper versos; see the images on the MapQuest page of this website.

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The Barthes Boxes, aboveare displayed at the Inaugural Exhibition of District Clay http://www.districtclaycenter.com from November 19, 2016 – January 15, 2017. They imagine Roland Barthes writing A Lover’s Discourse on the walls of buildings, and scribbling over his text.

Other sales this winter: Stone Tower and Popcorn Galleries, Glen Echo Park, MD, November 19 – January 15: wall tiles, boxes, jars; http://www.glenechopark.org/holiday-art-show-2016;  Glen Echo Potters Annual sale GWU Mt. Vernon Campus,  December 2 -December 4, http://www.glenechopottery.com/-events.html: plates, platters, and a lidded container or two

Summer Garden 2 Summer Garden wall tile

IMG_2365 Server with a waiting bird

Borders. The piece below is an example of a series referring to the Partition of the Indian subcontinent. It was shown at the 24th Strictly Functional Pottery National (www.strictlyfunctionalpottery.net).



 Others of the Borders series were exhibited at MapQuest (see the MapQuest page of images on this site).

Exploration Vessels

Isobars, ocean currents, unreliable maps and spiny Australian plants on the surface of these pieces, interspersed with fragments from the diaries of Captain Cook or the thoughts of Captain Ahab, refer to the fervor and dread with which we sail into the unknown. Objectively perceived terrain or boundaries are also sketches of emotion and aspiration, “unapparent for the most part, and treacherously hidden beneath the loveliest tints of azure”.

Also view my work at the Renwick Gallery shop, 1700 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Creative Crafts Council 2015 Award Winners Exhibition  October 2015-May 2016

Brainwaves This piece received a Ceramic Society of DC award. It is one of a series of  Poetry Boxes/Brainwaves. I think of spinning Sufis, the alpha brainwaves leading to the poems, and the graphic imagery on the boxes evoking those of carpets and tiles.This is Rumi’s poem printed onto the surface:

Dance, when you’re broken open.

Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.

Dance in the middle of the fighting.

Dance in your blood.

Dance when you’re perfectly free . . . .

Neruda Plates.

Some of these were in the last Strictly Functional Pottery National 2015 exhibit. I feel that dishes for food might remind those who can eat of those who can’t. So these plates have excerpts from Pablo Neruda’s “The Great Tablecloth”; for example:

Eating alone is a disappointment,

but not eating matters more,

is hollow and green, has thorns

like a child of fish-hooks 

trailing from the heart,

clawing at your insides.