The artistic dimension of the work resides not only in the form but also in the decoration. Feminine figures are sculpted from high fire clay using simple, hand-fashioned modeling and then wood, salt or fume fired. During wood firing, sculptures are left unglazed allowing the clay body to react with the prolonged heat, flame, and wood ash. The ancient firing process and the unique finish celebrate not only the elemental nature of the work but the depth and beauty of the subject matter. When pit or sagger firing, pieces are exposed to various combustibles, the fumes of which create a multitude of colors and designs. Recently I have explored salt firing using a tenmoku glaze.
My goal in working with the feminine form is to explore the most elemental yet global nature of womanhood. Discovering our essential nature and finding purpose in our lives is an experience shared by women of all colors and creeds. It is communicated in the work we do, the art we create, and the joy we celebrate. I hope to give expression to the flavor of our essence – rich and meaningful, fierce and nurturing, ever unfolding, mysterious and sensual. These women are embodied, primal and not pretty, they are real, serenely detached yet bound to the earth. They are inherently beautiful and indelibly connected.