Artist Statement

2009. Black Leaf Teapot

Teapots and Vessels
My ceramic teapots and vessels are comprised of wheel thrown then altered components which often take on a playful animated biomorphic personality. Many have developed a haughty attitude.

This body of work is greatly influenced by my fascination with subtle movement. My many studio windows open to an active lakeside landscape -- one of the many rewards of living in Atlanta. Daily I view vegetation reaching upwards, the heads of flowers turning slowly to follow the sun’s path. Numerous bird feeders outside my studio windows are the meeting place for a variety of aviary visitors. It is here I observe their heads cocked, listening for warnings, greetings and mating calls. This observed behavior has resulted in a humanization to the long necks of my vessels, as well as the spouts and handles of my teapots.

My home studio is the perfect incubator to create these biomorphic vessels. Here a traditionally wheel thrown porcelain silhouette might be grafted with a bulbous appendage inspired by land-water-air iconology. What you observe as my trademark surface embellishment – stippling, slip trailing, and sgraffitto I interpret as the vessels epidermis. The skins not only encase and protect, but lure the viewer to their tactile surface. My early exploration into such techniques as previously described was piqued by my fascination with Hob Nail Milk glass and, oddly enough, peanut shells.

 

 

Shrimp-Splash Bowls

Splash Bowls
This series of work was conceived by watching the flow of ocean water. While on holiday I was captivated, by the tease of the seashore tides with their irregular peaked crests pushing to shore over sand, then retreating to reveal small treasures. The small pod forms which accompany my Splash Bowls were given birth due to this investigation. Pods are meant to be picked up, of course, in order to hear the delightful surprise of a soft rattle sound emitting from their interiors. My exploration was further enhanced by an unexpected meeting and detailed color examination of a fresh shrimp shell. This experience inspired me to create the wheel thrown forms which re-emerge as this finished body of work.

 

 

2011. Reef. - Apx - 26 - W - x - 14L - x - 5D

Wall Installations
This work is cultivated by unearthed, rarely seen vegetation and primordial ocean life forms. These seemingly unimportant forms of matter slide and slither their way through their surrounding habitat, thrumming with oxygen as they surge towards safety. There is an inherent yet invisible drive for self-preservation. Usually the pieces are displayed as wall-mounts allowing the viewer to more clearly see the subtle evolutionary paths of these clay creatures.

“The Specimen” series exudes a certain fluidity, yet its tentacles are ever present and ready to be firmly tethered to solid ground. Small solitary forms unite in clusters to become expansive and territorial. Their highly textured surfaces beckon the viewer to take a closer look, but their menacing camouflage discourages physical contact. Not unlike the armor of a beautiful but deadly tropical fish, the skins of my forms encase and protect them from harm.

“The Seed “series reflects the powerful yet ambiguous sexuality of germination. These organisms appear to have been cross-bred; young and fragile, yet ready to strike out on their own. An amalgamation of weaknesses and strengths, we are witnessing their journey for survival.

The sensuous feel of smooth, wet clay never ceases to lose its appeal for me. Thrown on the wheel or fashioned by hand, I am continually drawn to the inexorable possibilities this medium presents. The wet feel of the clay is reminiscent of these underwater creatures and working with it allows me to physically connect with them.