The fusion of two cultures classical and indigenous process informs most of my work today. Horsehair reduction and gold are the surface elements and the forms are derived from classical and Art Nouveau periods.
I am drawn to the intimate and painterly approach of horsehair reduction. The color of the heat on the ware creates the canvas. The act of painting with burning hair creates smoke and line. The carbon from the hair embeds into the layers of the clay resulting in translucent layers of line and smoke. The process demands acute awareness of specific moments in time. The temperature and color of the fired clay dictate the moment when the painting of line and direction of smoke is imprinted into the burnished surface. The piece tells the story of each of those moments. A wisp of smoke created by a hard line of horsehair reduced at a moment when the temperature of the piece is perfect.
Teaching workshops is invigorating and keeps me connected to the communities I serve. My horsehair Raku pieces have been shown in the Westmoreland Museum Biannual 2013, Associated Artist 99th Annual and the 100th annual at the Carnegie Museum of Art. I have exhibited in The Pennsylvania State Museum “State of Art” 2013 and 2017 shows.
In 2006, I won the Three Rivers Arts Festival Emerging Artist Award. In 2010, I received a The Heinz Endowment Grant to work in an inner-city school build a mosaic mural. In 2012, I won the NCECA Bailey Pottery Ceramics Teacher Grand Prize. The Craft Award was given to me in 2013,2015 and 2016 at The Westmoreland Nationals. Exhibiting in the Carnegie Museum, Associated Artist 2011 Annual, I received the Friends of Art Purchase Award.
(Okeweemee and Standard 105)
5.5" x 3.5" x 3.5"
bowl with gold ceramic
4.5" x 5.5" x 5.5"
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