My Fine Art and Craft studies and teaching began over 40 years ago. I find my experiences with clay anchor me to the earth, but sends me other places. It informs my sense of place in the world. It fires my imagination in a way no other material can. The inspiration of my sculptural work stems from my longstanding curiosity and interest in anthropology, art, and nature. I see my work as an exploration on how universal forms, ideas, and cultural traditions evolved as integral components of rituals and have influenced civilizations over time. That exploration continues to lead me toward a deeper understanding of how daily experiences of traditional cultures and ours were, and are, interwoven with our natural environment and spiritual concepts.
My process is strictly intuitive. The work will begin with the seed of an idea based on a cultural myth, folklore or legend; or on my own observations of daily life and relationships to convey a personal narrative. Each sculpture is handbuilt by pinching and welding coils and slabs together and fired multiple times; depending on the surface and color I'm trying to achieve.The surfaces may be infused with a compilation of natural and manufactured textures, patterns, and symbols to enhace and convey the story or idea. Color is incorporated predominately through the application of underglazes, oxides, slips, and glazes. Other materials may be added to elaborate and exaggerate the sculptural narrative.