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Being able to create sculptural pieces with my hands is truly a spiritual process. Part of me will always live in that piece of artwork no matter where it finds a home. That is why I continue to create and share my love of art.
My first experience with clay was at the insistence of a close friend who was looking for a hobby. I just went along for fun. Ironically 25 years later working with clay has become a part of my everyday existence. And after 35 years working in graphic design I retired December 2017 to pursue my craft fulltime. I fell in love with the challenge of creating 3-D sculptures from images I would sketch out in my mind.
There is a fascination with trying to express nonverbal emotion through clay, especially with human portraits. While many of my animal sculptures have more of a whimsical or humorous spirit, my equine and abstract nomadic forms present a more calm/fluid presence. My equine sculptures were born from memories of my lifelong love of horses beginning with my first pony at age 6. Alternative firing techniques using natural elements of horse hair, sawdust, banana peels, coffee, manure, and salt create and organic fusion. The fire, smoke and fumes dance to create more natural surface effects and colorations. All of my sculptures are handbuilt, so each has its own unique flair. Bronze sculpture was added to my body of work in 2019.
I serve on the Board of Governors for Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Professional memberships: Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Foothills Craft Guild, the Oak Ridge Art Center, Terra Madre Women in Clay, American Craft Council, and the Art and Culture Alliance of Knoxville.