Meet the Artist
About This Artist
I make things. I don’t think about it too much, it‘s simply what I do, how I express myself and build connection. My work embraces clay’s limitations and perceived fragility and helps forge an understanding that a human being is an invaluable tool. I am intrigued by contrast, the play of dark against light, the pull of empty space against the inclination to fill it up, the placement of line and shape, balance.
Q&A With This Artist
A: My piecs are clay, wheel-thrown and altered and/or slab-built. Basic forms are wheel-thrown or cut from a wet clay slab, edges are refined, alterations made, slips applied, marks incised, and decisions are made regarding clay or wire additions to the slab. After the first firing, black stain is applied and scrubbed off of the surface, settling into recessed areas of the surfaces. Glaze is applied prior to the second firing. Wall pieces are backed on wood and wired to hang from a picture hook.
A: My work is very much materials-driven. Each of my pieces is the actualization of a concept which evolves during construction as I work within the boundaries and limitations imposed by my materials. I take clay out of its traditional realm, pushing the boundaries of its perceived fragility, approaching each wet piece of clay as a canvas. My work is an exploration of surface texture and is informed by the inherent qualities of clay.
A: That it's made from clay! People often think my work is paper or wood. Because much of my work is unglazed, the surfaces are different than what people expect from clay.
A: I walk in the woods. The calm and solitude feed me. The surfaces of my pieces are informed by the patterns and textures I see in tree bark, rocks, water, plants. I try to bring the calm of the woods into my studio practice; sometimes I succeed.
A: Craft has been the foundation of so many of my relationships. Artists and customers have become friends and broadened my connection to the larger craft community, always important but invaluable this past year when connection has been so challenging. My studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center puts me in front of school groups, introducing them to the concept of a working studio artist. These are kids/young adults who may never otherwise consider art as a viable career path.
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