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 mainly create vessels, containers of potentially everything. Some functional, some metaphorically so. Lately my clay pieces are often created in response to and in dialogue with other media, especially fiber I have knit or manipulated to suit.
Over the years I have learned ceramic processes from and been supported by dozens of kind and talented people. 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. I have experimented with fiber and fabric art since I was a child. It is fascinating to put the two avocations together.
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.
The current direction for my work finds me returning to the slowest clay hand-forming methods (pinching and coiling) and combining them with many layers of surface embellishments created at every stage from wet clay to post-firing, from texturing the wet clay to cold finishes. Whatever gets the job done artfully. I am discovering what fresh shapes and forms this sort of work takes and, at the same time, have begun a ceramic and fiber dialogue. Clay with knitting. Knit or paper objects dipped in liquid clay and fired. Felted fiber, sewn and attached to ceramic work. The experimental nature of each piece keeps me thoughtful and curious, excited to see what happens.
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