I make ceramic human and animal figures with a psychological stance. Introspective and ambiguous, handmade-looking and approachableâ€”they often have a humorous edge. I like to form fast in a gritty sculpture clay, incise into the clay, bisque fire, finish with oxide washes, underglazes and glazes, then fire to cone 5.
My ideas derive most often from a process methodology that employs simple and accessible techniques like collage and doodling to unleash the unconscious. Then I try to stay out of the way, letting images and ideas flow, sketching and writing, selecting and combining the most resonant imagery to bring into clay. I often get inspiration from what I’m reading, a phrase or concept that may trigger an idea for a piece. One piece often leads to more ideas. In fact, there is a thread of narrative that runs through all my ceramic work. Reflection and writing help me to understand and make sense of the progression.
Media: ceramic, sculpture