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Biography

By way of nearly every other art medium, I find myself a ceramic artist. Ceramic work lets me include every arty thing I know about line, color, form, surface, and meaning, often in surprising ways which I can hardly control. I like that!

I have discovered that I prefer to create vessels that look like vintage cans, fooling the eye with their dented, rusty bodies and charming old graphics. You will discover colorful, amusing and often ironic brands and messages, hand-painted and fired into a strong usable work of art.

You will find my work in local, regional and state competitions, festivals and gallery exhibits. I am an Exhibiting Member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists of California and each fall I especially enjoy welcoming my fans into my studio during the Open Studios Art Tour, sponsored by the Arts Council Santa Cruz County.

I am proud to be currently represented by Many Hands Gallery, Capitola, CA (their most local local artist!), by the jolly Derik Van Beers at Roscoe Ceramic Gallery, Oakland, Ca and by the new Pajaro Valley Art Gallery Gift Shop in Watsonville, CA.

I learned ceramic processes from many kind and talented people. A few notables are: Coeleen Kiebert, the late Kathryn McBride, and Tiffany Schmierer. I was a decade-long volunteer teaching assistant in the Ceramics Department at Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA. and was a part of the creation of several pieces of ceramic public art installed on campus, most notably a large free-form mosaic bench in use daily.

My BS in Sociology has led me to be a student of human nature, visual culture and the creative process. I went on ( a bit backward, perhaps!) to obtain both an AA in Studio Art, Ceramics and one in Art History. I also hold a Certificate in Fine Art from UC Santa Cruz.

I was born in Newport News, VA, but became a lifelong Californian at the age of four. I have lived in both the San Fernando and Santa Clara (Silicon) Valleys, spent the 1980s in the Sierra foothills in Amador County, and currently live and maintain my studio a half mile from the Monterey Bay in Capitola.
 
 

Artist Statement

The current direction for my ceramic artwork is inspired by the marvelous forms and surfaces of vintage metal containers, whose aged appearances evoke imagined narratives from their working and playing lives.Whatever the container’s original purpose, the design, use, misuse and discarding of each one is a unique saga of industry, entropy and revival which I aim to express. I form my pieces by hand, asking the clay to curl and cantilever further than it likes, emphasizing the aspects of material construction that are inherently different from pottery. I seek the ductile seaming of tin-work, the details of rivets and spot-welds, and the gravity-defying extensions of wires, spouts and handles. The dents, drips, and rust – always rust! – of service inform my built-up and painterly surfaces, helping the pieces look as if they happened over time rather than were fabricated.The words and imagery used to brand and promote a product’s features and benefits also come into play. I am amused by the straightforward guilelessness of package design from years ago and use it to springboard to fictional, often ironic, new meanings. My pieces end up as both sculptural interpretations and usable vessels, a vitally important aspect to me. I desire these re-imagined relics to have new lives, recalling a humble past, but embodying an artful and unlimited present.

 

Résumé

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