Creating art is my favorite method of communication. When someone connects with one of my pieces, it is a wonderful feeling to be able to share my vision.
I find my creative process stimulated by color, textures, people, and nature. Sometimes I start with nothing in my head and just let the piece evolve. I never tire of the beauty of the human form and am endlessly inspired when connecting it with crystals, semi-precious gems, wood, glass, or steel, bringing the piece to completion as a unique piece of art.
I grew up the daughter of an Air Force fighter pilot and a proud English mother. We lived and traveled all over the world and I enjoyed a diverse and adventurous childhood. When I was a child I recall spending many pleasurable hours mixing dirt and water making shapes and mud balls while camping at Lago di Garda in Italy on family vacations. I loved the way the mud felt squishing through my fingers. As the shapes dried, they would fall apart and I would try to repair them. Those early experiences were the beginning of my understanding of structural integrity. By the time I graduated from dirt and water to Play-Doh, and then clay, I was hooked!
I make art because it has always been a form of meditation and very therapeutic. When I am creating a piece of art I am in my favorite place and the pleasure derived in watching a concept evolve from a whisper in my mind to reality is extremely fulfilling.
FINE ART CERAMICS
All of my work, glass or clay, is created by hand from start to finish. The process can be lengthy as clay must be dried slowly to dry properly. The larger the piece, the more slowly it must be dried. Carving, texturing, design and detailing before the first firing can be quite time consuming. After the initial firing comes the glazing and over glazing processes. The last step when all of the firings have been completed is the addition of semi-precious stones, pearls, glass and other unique components. The beading usually takes around 20 hours, depending on design intricacy and materials used.
People have been working in clay since ancient times. It is a wonderful thing to behold the never-ending evolution of such fundamental materials and watch them continue to be turned into items of meaning and beauty.