I suffer from both motion sickness and vertigo, hereditary in my family. Snorkeling and scuba diving, or any water travel is not in my future. Yet my favorite vacations are at the shore and visiting aquariums. Possibly this physical deterrent is what has me intrigued by the mysteries of what might lie beneath the water. I envision the life cycles of my creations, thinking of how they might grow, eat, move, reproduce and interact with other like forms or fend off predators. Entire life cycle stories develop and communities are borne this way in my studio. Mixed into this creative soup is information I cross bred into them from observing birds, bugs and flowers, often imbuing the clay forms with human personalities and qualities.
My work in clay has primarily focused on wheel thrown and gently altered forms of porcelain. My forms reference classical shapes and techniques. By updating their surfaces and silhouettes I strive to make my work historically relevant to today’s audience. Intermittently I enjoy working on a larger scale, hand building with paper clay. My trademark techniques of color washing, stippling, slip trailing and sgraffitto are used to create the “skin” of these vessels, which not only encase but serve to protect them. Early exploration in such techniques as previously described was piqued by my fascination with Hob Nail Milk Glass and oddly enough, peanut shells. The tactile and biomorphic qualities ever present in my work are the results of a happy adult at play.
Indiana State University
Bachelor of Arts, 1974