Many ceramic artists characterize themselves as functional potters, or sculptors, or installation artists. You might define me as an artist who is able to cross over. Early in my career, I worked for many years as a graphic designer and illustrator. I then returned to my education, and eventually discovered ceramics. In shifting from commercial two-dimensional work to three-dimensional studio art, I found the boundaries between the two were not as absolute as I had expected. As a result, I discovered my limits were not what I had imagined. Possibly, the same could be said for working with ceramics.
There are many different ceramic genres from which to choose, and each involves a specific process or way of working, and a philosophy or purpose associated with it. While I am aware of the ceramic conventions that essentially separate the sculptural from functional, conceptual from technical, and contemporary from historical, I find it difficult to choose one single approach. Perhaps the boundaries are not as definite as they seem. "In my mind, there should be room enough for all. For me, the most interesting and challenging aspect of working in ceramics is finding and exploring the possibilities offered by what all good ceramics has in common: the underlying, fundamental elements and principles of art and design. At heart, I am still a designer, crossing over.