When the parts are “leather hard” I create the final form. Individual pieces are shaped to the exact angles of adjacent sections. All parts are assembled as a free form construction. There is no internal or external support. Each piece stands on its own during assembly. The process takes far longer than working on the wheel and allows me more time to enjoy watching the forms grow.
Once the form is assembled, the finishing process begins. Joints are carefully trimmed and burnished. This detailed work is calming and brings me to that meditative state since total concentration on the process is required. No other thoughts or cares can intrude into the artistic process.
Every sculpture is unique to itself. No two will ever be the same. Some are useful as jewelry holders or candelabras; others simply exist for their aesthetic presentation.
It is my hope that my delight in creating these pieces is echoed by the viewer. They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. This is certainly true with art and I hope that you find beauty in my work.
For me it's all about the form. Taking the clay medium from a handful of mud and transforming it into art is a labor of love. Each piece is individually crafted and driven by my own internal muse. My ideas and subjects come from everything that touches my life.
I started working with pottery in grade school. I liked the messy nature of the medium and dubbed the process “playing in the mud”. The potter’s wheel captured my attention. Centering the clay and keeping the form from collapsing was like meditation. It blocked out all other cares and worries. Time stopped.
I created small bowls and cups. I found pleasure watching the forms grow, almost by themselves, before my eyes. As time passed, the forms got larger and more complex. I created hundreds of teapots, platters, bowls and cups. It was satisfying, but the circular requirement of wheel work was restrictive and I longed for something different.
One day one of my bowls collapsed. It gave me an idea. I started altering forms while the clay was wet. This created a very different look and let me explore a more abstract and unique style. Rolled edges and compressed angles gave the impression of a liquid structure that I found appealing. I liked the outcome but I still felt that there was something else that I needed to explore.
40 years after starting my creative odyssey with the wheel, I began a journey into freeform sculpture. Each piece starts with thin slabs of rolled out clay. The slabs are cut to shape and assembled into 3 dimensional hollow objects. Each is then trimmed