Biography: Fascinating But Still Under Construction
By way of nearly every art medium, I find myself a curious and multi-dimensional artist. From my first drawing class in my late teens, I worked my way through charcoal, pastel, markers, pen&ink, colored pencil, watercolor, printmaking, collage, mixed media, painting, and found object sculpture – until I found clay, where I have stayed for decades. There was a lot to learn and ways to create with this most primal medium. It’s the reason I entered the marketplace and started this Blog-Which-Has-Become-A-Website.
A perennial student, I have taken classes and taught art, both of which furthered my understanding. I am proud of all my degrees, especially the ones in Studio Art and Art History. I taught elementary school children through the Arts Council of Santa Cruz’s SPECTRA Program and also was a longtime volunteer teaching assistant in the Ceramics Department at Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA. I had a hand in the creation of several pieces of public art installed on campus, most notably a well-loved free-form mosaic bench in daily use. The art community wherever I have been is kind and inclusive, especially here in Santa Cruz County, my home for the past 30 years.
In ceramics I prefer to create vessels, the containers of potentially everything whether functional or metaphorical. The richest vein in claywork for me so far lies with shapes in yarn or twine which I have knit, sewn, shaped and dipped in liquid porcelain slip. When fired, the clay replaces the fiber, leaving a detailed porcelain version of the stitched form. it’s magical!
And currently, I have returned to 2D works, specifically acrylic paintings based on my photographs in the Miksang (or Good Eye) Contemplative Method.
My BS in Sociology has led me to be a student of human nature, visual culture and the creative process, which provide impetus and meaning in the ceramic and painting studio and beyond.
ARTIST STATEMENT FOR CERAMICS: I have always been a dedicated ceramic handbuilder. Over the decades, there is probably no building/firing technique I haven’t given at least a cursory month of experimenting to. When I was a teaching assistant for beginning handbuilding classes, I still did all the assignments and counted at least 30 classes in that endeavor. Maybe I’m a slow learner, but I can tell you assuredly that clay work is deceptively complicated.
In my latest body of ceramic work, I most fervently assert my love of knitting. I have crocheted and knit my entire adult life, crafting scarves, hats, sweaters and, lately, foods, fruits and other objects. It was a brilliant day when I realized how the knitting could be enfolded into the clay. It goes like this: knit something in plain string and dip it in liquid porcelain and take it from there. As I have said: Let’s take two humble crafts and, in actually physically joining them, make a new art. You see this here!
ARTIST STATEMENT FOR PAINTING: COMING SOON
ARTIST STATEMENT FOR MIXED AND OTHER MEDIA: COMING SOON