Inspiration for my sculptural work stems from my longstanding curiosity and interest in anthropology, art, and nature. I see my work as an exploration in 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 or disconnected from our natural environment and spiritual concepts.
Clay informs my sense of place in the world. It fires my imagination in a way no other medium can. My process is strictly intuitive. The work will begin with a 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 hand built 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 enhance and convey the story or idea. Color is incorporated predominately through the application of under glazes, oxides, slips, and glazes. Other materials may be added to elaborate and exaggerate the sculptural narrative.