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MY CLAY VESSELS AND SCULPTURAL FORMS ORIGINATE THROUGH A HANDBUILT,SLIP-CAST, OR WHEEL-THROWN PROCESS.THE CLAY FORMS ARE OFTEN ALTERED BY INCISING,CARVING IN RELIEF,OR CONSTRUCTING INTRICATE FORMS.AFTER BISQUE FIRING,THEY ARE PRIMITIVE FIRED USING STRAW AND SAWDUST,GIVING THEM THE DISTINCTIVE GRASS PATTERNS,FIRE CLOUDS,AND RICH SEPIA TONES. I THEN HAND COLOR WITH UNIQUE DESIGN METALLIC PAINTS,OIL STICK,AND ACRYLICS. WHERE APPROPIATE, I APPLY COLOR-TINTED MODELING PASTE TO BUILD A TEXTUED SURFACE.

Dowelltown
TN

THERE AREN'T MANY DAYS I DON'T WANDER OUTSIDE MY RURAL MID-TENN. HOME TO MARVEL AT THE MAJESTIC ROLLING HILLS AND THE BEAUTY OF THE WILDLIFE THAT SURROUNDS ME AT COSMIC CLAY STUDIO. AS I WORK IN MY HOME STUDIO OVERLOOKING A LUSH AND EXPANSIVE VALLEY,THE COMPANY OF RESIDENT CATS AND DOGS KEEP ME GROUNDED IN MOTHER EARTH. ALTHOUGH A LIFE-LONG ROMANCE WITH CLAY IS THE BASIS OF MY ARTWORK, I FIND A FOUNDATION OF IDEAS FROM A FASCINATION WITH GREEK, ROMAN,AND PRE-COLUMBIAN ART HISTORY. FROM THOSE CONCEPTS, I TRY TO INCORPORATE THEMES OF MYSTICAL IMAGERY, CURIOUS SYMBOLS,AND LYRICAL PATTERNS. CLAY AWAKENS MY CREATIVE INTELLECT,BUT I ALSO ENJOY THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE. USING MY HANDS, WORK WITH A PART OF THE EARTH,HELPS CONNECT THE TANGIBLE WITH THE SPIRITUAL. THESE ELEMENTS COLLECTIVELY HELP FUEL MY IMAGINATION AND INSPIRE ME TO CREATE EXPRESSIVE WORKS OF ART.