Wherever possible, materials and resources are conserved. From the studio building to wrapping pots to water use, I take my commitment to sustainability seriously.
My electric kiln has 30% more insulation than is standard, and the studio is heated with a super-efficient mini-split unit. The studio has new windows, air sealing, and blown-cellulose insulation, and is only about 500 square feet. For every kilowatt of energy that comes into the studio (for firing, lights, heating and cooling), a kilowatt of local renewable energy enters the grid.
The studio doesn’t have running water, so I do what I can to limit my water use, and it ends up being about a gallon of fresh water a month. Waste water from washing brushes, hands, sponges, and buckets is allowed to settle, and the reclaimed solids are combined with new materials to make usable clay and slips. The clear water is re-used to reconstitute dry clay scraps, and for washing. The occasional squirt of bleach is used to keep all this grey water from being a health hazard.
Most of my work is sold within my own city, to local shops and individuals. I'm happy to ship things to people in other areas, but I like keeping most of my work circulating near where it was made.
When I do ship my work, I either re-use materials, or use recycled (and recyclable) materials. Where possible, I use paper, bags, and boxes that are made in the US.
I’m lucky to have my studio right in my back yard, so my daily commute is by foot and takes about 20 seconds.
I dream of the day I can power the kiln with my own solar panels or wind turbine, but I'll do what can in the meantime.