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My work has always been a blend of two processes; my love of drawing, painting and surface design and working with clay. When working in wet clay I am totally immersed in the challenges the medium presents. Sometimes I allow the clay to lead the way as I work on the wheel, other times I create drawings combining thrown, cast and handbuilt pieces of clay. Recent work also incorporates more carving and impressed textures. By combining all these processes, I strive to create unique personalities for my pieces.
Once the pieces are bisqued, I have a blank canvas for painting and I focus my attention on surface decoration. I play at joining the carved, organic lines with hard edge graphic patterns and layers of gestural brushstrokes to create a look and feel of depth and motion. Areas are accented with pencil and press-type graphics to complete the atmospheric layering that I strive for.
Although I choose forms that are functional, I see my work as sculptural, creating objects that acquire a presence challenging the traditional ideas of function. For many of my pieces their “function” simply becomes the process of engaging the viewer in a delightful visual dance of color, pattern and form.
All functional work is whiteware clay, painted with underglazes and fired.