Ceramic Portfolio

I have a passion for creating high-fired ceramic sculpture that looks nothing like hard and heavy clay. The series Lost Not Forgotten is a collection of hand-built high-fired ceramic teddy bears, toys, and puppets in different stages of decomposition. Combining assemblage with ceramics fills my current body of work. Trompe l'oeil “fool-the-eye” sculptures are made of high-fired ceramic clay, oxide washes, encaustic paint and found objects. Their homespun construction and textured surfaces simulate threadbare fabric, tattered fur, and the broken button eyes of careworn, faded toys and carnival games. What, from afar, look like innocent fun playthings flopping and tumbling about are revealed, upon closer inspection, to be old toys abandoned by their owners in differing stages of decomposition

Wall-O-Smalls
Wall-O-Smalls

A Midway display of 18" or smaller ceramic, faux plush toy prizes.

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Following the Leader
Following the Leader

14 x 96 x 24 in Ceramic, found objects

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Following the Leader where ever he may go
Following the Leader where ever he may go
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-Comedy Tragedy Encore 02
-Comedy Tragedy Encore 02

22 x 16 x 16 in High fired ceramic, mixed media, encaustic paint, string, wire

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Comedy detail
Comedy detail

22 x 16 x 16 in High fired ceramic, mixed media, encaustic paint, string, wire

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Reluctant Surrender
Reluctant Surrender

Reluctant Surrender, 18 x 18 x 16 in, depicts a toy bunny falling backwards with a face full of surrender. The seam down her front, an open wound with stuffing missing, uses barbed wire in an attempt to close it. Turning to the backside of the bunny, with her fluffy fur and tail, we see one ear reluctantly rests on the ground, supporting her weight to ease her fall.

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Family Circus back
Family Circus back

40 x 24 x 30 in High-fired ceramic with found objects and reclaimed wood.

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Family Circus
Family Circus

40 x 24 x 30 in High-fired ceramic with found objects and reclaimed wood.

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I Thought I could I thought I could
I Thought I could I thought I could
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No Time To Say
No Time To Say

90 x 24 x 16 in Ceramic, found objects ‘No Time To Say...,’ is an adult sized, ceramic faux fabric, well loved toy rabbit with springs exposed and joints stressed. She hangs upside down by a large hook as a chain strangles her body, pressing it into the clock face of an over sized pocket watch.

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No Time To Say
No Time To Say

90 x 24 x 16 in Ceramic, found objects ‘No Time To Say...,’ is an adult sized, ceramic faux fabric, well loved toy rabbit with springs exposed and joints stressed. She hangs upside down by a large hook as a chain strangles her body, pressing it into the clock face of an over sized pocket watch.

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Handle with care
Handle with care
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its complicated
its complicated

It's Complicated - A trompe l'oeil ceramic, found object and encaustic sculpture displays a roller skating toy giraffe motionless, oozing her stuffing, draped over a red ceramic, faux leather ball

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Memory Mascot
Memory Mascot
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Art of Balance
Art of Balance

12 x 6 x 12 in Medium: Ceramic, found objects

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