Sculptural Ceramics and Sculptural Cast Glass
"My education is American, the firing technique is Japanese, the glaze influences are from Morocco, and the forms are inspired by ancient architecture and vessels."
My first studio was on the island of Ibiza, Spain, resources were limited, the studio and kiln primitive. My introduction to clay involved only the use of her hands and the simplest of tools. Today I use a slab roller and a few kitchen utensils to create textures on slabs and pinched bases. I then build up the form with layers of carved or textured coils with basket weave and block print designs. The raku finish is an inspiration from her interest in the lusters of Moroccan pottery. This combination of techniques, influences, and cultures creates an art that is her own.
For the past four years,I have been working on a collection of stoneware vessels and most recently cast glass.
Raku was the focus of my ceramic career for over 40 years until in 2017 when I began exploring textured coils and unglazed surfaces. The transformation from colorful raku to black stoneware and porcelain allowed me to explore clay bodies and firing techniques. Finding textures with the organic touch of the unglazed clay and a sense of raw beauty. After several years creating unglazed vessels, I began to miss the brilliance of my glazes. I knew that adding color to intricate clay vessels would distract from the beauty of the raw textures and forms. Then I discovered cast glass.
My love for glass began over 15 years ago while working with a Chicago glass blower on a series of lamps. I was later inspired by a friend that casts his forms. After taking a short workshop with him I knew this could be the answer I was looking for. After a few years of trial and error, I am slowly transitioning into the world of cast glass. The brilliance of color and light has given a new life to my textures and forms, enhancing their beauty.