This work is about expressing the ever present movement of time and the highly expressive materiality of clay. I embrace the history and nature of ceramics, including craft, through my use of slips and glazes, as well as through my building techniques.
I might refer to my sculpture as "soft environmental". It's not making a radical statement about the climate crisis or drawing your attention to the repercussions of the use of a plastic bag, (of which I hold strong opinions), but it is very much a comment on what I consistently feel is lying below every daily dilemma or confrontation: that time marches on and nature is resilient and there for us.
Nature gives us support and provides structure. Clay too, is structural, to work with it requires working with gravity and harnessing clay's tendencies and characteristics. Like Nature, I believe that a beautiful object can serve us, as something solid, to rest against.
If you are interested in purchasing or showing this work in your gallery, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and definitely come by for a studio visit!
Ceramic, 6"x4"x4' (heights range)
Paintings & Collage
The immediacy of the pencil line, the delicate nature of watercolor and the functionality of attaching elements with thread allow us to consider these works as drawings. We don't lose sight of the sketch and the freshness of the first draft.
I'm frequently amazed by Nature's ability to adapt. In homage to Nature's resilience, I incorporate plastic and unnatural things into drawings about natural things. The thread provides a practical and industrious quality that speaks to our role, as humans, in how we interact with the planet. Its a subtle (maybe too subtle!) comment about humankind's misuse of our natural resources, as well as a more overt expression of faith in humankind's ability to love and revere the natural world.
The" In the Garden" series is about personalization.
Here are a few ideas for how one might "use" my sculpture. The bowl like vessels feel most at home resting on an outdoor patio table. It can be filled with seasonal blossoms for a party or water for a bird bath. Other pieces might sit among the succulents, 'house' a unique specimen, or act as a vase for a special event. Often, the sculpture comes alive when you add something to it!
Ceramic sculpture is inherently durable and weather resistant. Inspired by nature and the way things grow and evolve this sculpture resonates in a garden. For more description about the sculpture go to here.
If you are interested in purchasing and/or selling this work in your shop, please contact me at email@example.com and definitely come by for a studio visit!
Black & White Line Drawings
The simple use of watercolor pencil, water and the fold of the paper tell much of the story in these drawings. Here, I'm interested in revealing the essential purpose inherent in nature. There is a lot of "hanging out" or "being" going on in the natural world and our observation of these occurrences are useful to us.
Finding our own way and our own purpose is at hand here and these drawings are about exploring and expressing the complexities of finding one's way.
If you are interested in showing this work in your gallery, or would like to purchase a piece, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and definitely come by for a studio visit!
watercolor, pencil on paper
carandache on paper
carandache on paper
Segregated (for no reason), 2012
carandache on paper
watercolor pencil on paper
pencil on paper
Ceramic - Functional
Inspired by the colors and textures of our windy, beachy neighborhood here in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco, each piece is intentionally one of a kind. They may relate to each other as a set, with a similar glaze decoration or purpose, but no two are exactly alike. Each design is meant to celebrate and enhance the experience of using.
Small 'Wind and Sky wine cups' matched with a chianti, laid out on a picnic table in the backyard, create the perfect family style dinner party. Serving a frothy latte in an 'Sea Foam cup' or a margarita in a 'Salt cup' bring art to a an everyday or celebratory experience.
These pieces are light weight and gestural. Whether it's a small indentation for your thumb in the wine cup, or a comfortable handle to a mug, these cups feel good to use! All glazes are food safe, and pieces can be put in the dishwasher, but hand washing is recommended.
These are available for purchase at The General Store, 4035 Judah St (@45th Ave), San Francisco, CA 94122(415) 682-0600. Or come by for a studio visit! Contact me via email at email@example.com.