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 Statements

Artist Statement Mind Map
Artist Statement Mind Map

 

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