Growing up in Northern Italy has influenced my passions and esthetics.
I have been working in clay since 1994 and absolutely love throwing porcelain on the wheel. Over the years I have made miniatures, large alto-rilievo murals, functional ware, figurative sculpture, and even bathroom sinks.
For the last decade my focus has been making rouletted pottery - intricate bass-relief textures impressed into the rim of my thrown porcelain pots with a hand-carved roulette. I love to sculpt new roulettes (round stamps) so I now have many patterns to offer – mostly inspired by nature. Each pot is numbered and signed, each a carefully detailed yet functional centerpiece.
The bas-relief pattern on my pots is made by impressing textures into the soft clay with a 'roulette' - a round porcelain stamp. The sculpting of a roulette is done in reverse: all surfaces meant to protrude must be carved deep into the clay, and the left and right sides of the image must be flipped - a mental puzzle I thoroughly enjoy. After the roulette has been fired in the kiln, I slowly press the moist porcelain of a freshly thrown pot into the textures of the roulette, revealing the design.
Once the pot has been fired, I brush a brown stain over the textures, then wipe the stain from the surface to highlight the details and lend a parchment look to the surface. I then meticulously hand-paint the images with multiple colors. When you look at the back of the pot's wall you can see the finger marks left in the clay.
As soon as the painting is complete, I apply several coats of food-safe glazes. After a final firing, the pots are at last ready to be enjoyed.
There are four sizes of bowls and two sizes of vases to choose from. Each can be textured with any of the 23 different patterns. Each pot can have a plain or wavy rim and can be glazed with a soft green or a soft blue glaze. In addition to the pots, you may select ornaments which are impressed with hand-carved stamps, stained, then hand-painted.
I sell wholesale exclusively to retail outlets, as I cherish the long-term relationships I have formed with many of my buyers through the years. My work is sold by some thirty galleries across the country - please see the 'Galleries' page for the list and locations of the galleries.
ZIP Gallery Town State
01230 Evergreen Fine Am. Craft Great Barrington MA
01742 Artisan's Way Concord MA
02038 Terrazza Franklin MA
02360 Sparrow House Plymouth MA
02420 Firefly Moon Lexington MA
02667 Left Bank Wellfleet MA
02852 Different Drummer Wickford RI
02879 Purple Cow Wakefield RI
05753 Sweet Cecily Middlebury VT
05819 Moose River Lake & Lodge, St.Johnsbury VT
06437 Evergreen Fine Crafts Guilford CT
07825 Blairstown Gallery 23 Blairstown NJ
14620 The Creator's Hands Rochester NY
14850 Am. Crafts by Robbie Dein Ithaca NY
16507 Glass Growers Gallery Eire PA
17007 Village Artisans Gallery Boiling Springs PA
18938 Topeo New Hope PA
19355 Terra Culture Malvern PA21043
22902 Michie Tavern Charlottesville VA
27943 SeaWorthy Gallery Hatteras NC
27949 Tar Heel Trading Duck NC
28173 Stewart's Village Gallery Waxhaw NC
30107 Wildcat on a Wing Ball Ground GA
36532 Chapel Farm Collection Fairhope AL
39564 Coastal Magpie Ocean Springs MS
48214 Pewabic Pottery Museum Detroit MI
48439 JJ Cardinal Grand Blanc MI
48906 Absolute Gallery Lansing MI
49682 Bayside Gallery Sutton's Bay MI
54234 Fine Line Design Sister Bay WI
72632 Quicksilver Gallery Eureka Springs AZ
92014 Gifted Artisan Del Mar CA
93150 Imagine Artful Things Santa Barbara CA
94010 Pot-Pourri Burlingame CA
98402 The Art Stop. Tacoma WA
99503 Once in a Blue Moose Anchorage AK