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

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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.