Artist statement currently under revision.
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SCULPTURAL OIL PAINTING
This series of abstract sculptural oil paintings are a combination of hand-sculpted terra cotta and wheel-thrown clay pieces fired with 18k yellow and white gold overglaze on canvas.
WOOD AND SODA WOOD FIRED WORKS
Some of the works in this grouping were fired in an Anagama wood kiln while others were fired in a wood soda kiln, both of which were built by my undergraduate professor Marvin Bjurlin. After his retirement, Marv brought a network of potters and ceramic artists together to form the Chautauqua Area Potters group, otherwise known as CAPS. It is through this amazing group that I have been able to continue experimenting with a variety of clay bodies, forms, slips and glazes within the wood and soda atmosphere in the years after leaving graduate school. As you will see, I have explored the human face, a variety of animal forms, vessel forms, and hand carved pottery.
Installation sculptural Works
The series of works shown in this grouping were made during a period of my work in which I removed nearly all surface decoration focusing on raw materials, light and shadow on form, and how various firing processes change the appearance of clay. The majority of these pieces are fired in a gas reduction kiln while others went through the American Raku firing process. Other components include hammered copper and cast bronze.
HANDBUilt underglazed earthenware bowls
This series of large earthenware bowls were a playful exploration of reintroducing surface decoration. Each bowl is hand-built and painted with underglazes sealed under a glossy low-fire clear glaze. The simple color of the earthenware clay was left on the exterior of the bowls while little hiccups of the painting inside peek over the edges. This is meant to draw the viewer closer, as if putting them in the position of a voyeur looking through a window.
WATERCOLOR STUDIES AND OILS IN PROGRESS
Some of these works have an encaustic surface made from natural beeswax, damar crystals (tree resin), and paint pigments. I also played with pit firing methods and raku glazes and firings. You will also see the use of hand forged enameled copper and brass along with other mixed media.