I sculpt the human form, especially faces, to express a connection between contemporary humanity and the powerful portraits of antiquity. My work references figurative stone masterpieces from India and Indonesia, such as the twelfth century A.D. sculpture of Prajnaparamita, the goddess of highest wisdom. Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Italian Renaissance figure sculpture also inform my work. These influences challenge me to attempt to combine, in similar form, physicality with the strength and the beauty of the human spirit. Ultimately, joy, as a force of being, is what I seek to express through my art.
I work in mid-range temperature clay (cone 5 ) and use both commercial and homemade glazes, under glazes, slips and stains. My tiles, sculptures and masks are slab-built with bas relief additions. I use clay stamps and Indian print blocks to create pattern and texture. I like to juxtapose raw, stained clay with luscious, extravagantly colored glazes. Currently I am combining bas-relief tiles and sculpted faces with handmade, wooden frames and plaques. I am also experimenting with fabric, paper, and acrylic paint to compliment the ceramic elements of my pieces.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, with an emphasis in ceramic studio art, from the University of New Mexico in 2002. I have taught pottery and ceramic sculpture to people of all ages for many years. I teach ceramics at several Albuquerque Senior Centers. At UNM Continuing Education I share how to make both masks and bas relief garden tiles.