My work is steeped in archetypal and personal symbolism. Figures, houses, boats, I chose these forms to work with because they have several levels of meaning I find intriguing to explore.
My surfaces reflect the love I have for found objects. I find them attractive because of the wear and the marks of their journeys. This is the feel I strive to achieve on my surfaces. To accomplish this, I use a layering technique.
Each piece begins with slabs. The pieces grow with the application of coils or additional slabs. When each piece is completed, I carve or texture the surface and let it dry. The base colors are applied and fired. Once the first firing is complete, I apply and wipe off a combination of terra sigilattas, slips, stains and glazes, then fire again. This process is repeated until I achieve the desired effect.
Since receiving my BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, I have worked in the ceramics field in many capacities. Presently I am represented by numerous galleries, teach pottery classes at Kansas City’s local pottery guild, instruct workshops, sell at art fairs, and have been published in several ceramic periodicals. In 2000, my husband and I built my studio right outside our backdoor. And in 2007 we completed a 40 cu ft gas car kiln.
Life is good.